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Hays-Porter & Taft students at Great Youth Debate (Jan. 30, 2016)
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Published by admin on 01-Feb-2016

Students from both Hays-Porter Elementary and Taft IT High School participated in this year's "Great Youth Debate" organized by The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.

George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary was the ONLY elementary school competing in and they did an awesome job, making the West End Cincinnati community very, very proud of them!  Congratulations to the Hays-Porter Debating Team:

  • Iyanna Harris
  • Adrian Isham,
  • Ra'shyla Phillips,
  • De'Aira Vails 

and kudos to the Debating Coach, Ms. Lora Ward, and the School Principal, Ms. McClain, for supporting and encouraging the students to participate in this highly competitive event, against much older students!  

Also congratuations to Taft IT High School students for representing West End in this event!

This year’s debate theme was “#What’s Trending in the World 2016 “.

Six teams participated in the debate and participants will choose the human relations topic that interests them the most and if they are debating for the affirmative or the opposition. 

In addition to Hays-Porter and Taft, the following schools also participated: Shroder High, The M.O.R.E. Program, Woodward Career Technical High, Job Corp and Future Leaders of OTR. 

The Great Youth Debate is inspired by the movie, “The Great Debaters,” starring Denzel Washington. This movie is based on a true story of a head-strong debate coach who formed the students of a small East Texas college into a winning debate team that even beat Harvard’s debate team.