IHS in the Community
There's No Argument: IHS Debate Team Is a Winner!
November 26, 2012Irvington High School
By Breman Bookhart
The Irvington High School Debate Team, which started in early September, has done more for students than simply allowing them to argue. Instead, the team is designed to build skills, vocabulary and character.
The debate team is led by English teacher Ms. Aaliyah Muhammad and currently consists of 18 members. “But,” says Ms. Muhammad, “the club is still rapidly growing, so expect that number to grow.”
According to Ms Muhammad, the students are doing much more than competing in debates.
“The students are learning important vocabulary and organizational skills,” says Ms. Muhammad. “It will definitely give them a helping hand in their future education.”
IHS Debate Team meetings are held every Thursday after school at 3 p.m. Anyone, from freshmen to seniors, who is interested in joining or just interested in seeing what the Debate team is about, is encouraged to stop by and take a look. The fact that joining is free, makes this well worth the investment.
The first debate for the students was scheduled to be on December 15, 2012. However, due to Hurricane Sandy, this date may be pushed back.
“If we can win the debate in December, it will give us admission into the Nationals,” states Ms. Muhammad, who is in her first year as the coach of the debate team. Ms Muhammad states that she is very excited and hopes she can prepare her team for what is to come.
“My job is to organize the team, train the students to understand what the foundations of debating are, and to enhance their vocabulary and other skills. I don’t want to let any of them down.”
Ms. Muhammad encourages everyone to get to know the Debate Team and see what the club has to offer.