"I am so very grateful I had the opportunity to judge a portion of the tournament! Even though I have had a chance to see similar events in the past, I am always amazed at the level of talent these students show. They would surpass most adults, and even many seasoned public speakers in their ability to communicate!
As I sat watching these students, trying to decide how I could possibly choose just one "winner" during each round, I had the overwhelming sense that I needed to gather every adult I knew, several young persons as well, and maybe even grab some people off the street, to come and witness the incredible capabilities these students displayed in every aspect of speech and debate. The young people that participated in the tournament were confident, articulate, well-rounded, organized, polite, respectful, intelligent, and just plain blew me away by their capacity to communicate their thoughts and ideas! Anyone who had the same opportunity I did to be involved in a tournament such as this, would feel very, very blessed knowing that our future is in the hands of bright young individuals such as these!"
Christine (Community Judge)