Bryan students coach aspiring debaters
February 24, 2006

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Two Bryan College freshmen recently spent a week teaching aspiring debaters the finer points of that art, pulling from their own experiences and research.

Brittany McGehee and Rachel Welch, who have won state and national titles in debate and public speaking competitions respectively, spoke to some 200 high school students at the Communicators for Christ (CFC) Master’s Training week in Hammond, La.

Brittany, from Ruston, La., won the 2004 Louisiana state championship in Lincoln Douglas debate and competed at the National Christian Forensics Christian Association national tournament in individual speaking and debate events. Rachel, from Covington, La., won the 2003 dramatic interpretation national championship and finished fourth in the Lincoln Douglas debate category at the 2004 national tournament.

Both young women served as interns for CFC before coming to Bryan in August 2005, conducting debate and public speaking workshops throughout the country. They also are co-authors of Lincoln Douglas Value Debate, a resource for students dealing with effective argument and refutation in a debate setting.

The two became interested in debate in high school and began participating with Communicators for Christ to improve their skills. "Debate is a humbling experience," Rachel said. "There are rules of argumentation; you work to impact your audience. I wanted to learn it, and there's no way to learn it except to do it."