Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott was among seven ‘VIP judges’ for the finals in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) District A Regional Qualifying Debate Tournament held at Columbia International University (CIU) Saturday, March 11.
The participants – approximately 150 homeschooled high school students from South Carolina., North Carolina, and Georgia – debated with fellow students from the Southeastern region throughout the week at CIU, qualifying in each round before advancing to the next level in the tournament leading to Sat. evening’s finals.
Lott judged the Lincoln-Douglas Debate
“By the time students advance to the finals, you really have the best of the best,” said Lott. “The competition was keen, and it was frankly heartening for me to see young leaders arguing from their positions as well as they did. Keep in mind, these are teenagers. And it would be hard for most adults to match wits with their argumentation and debate skills.”
“The event was a huge success and shined a very favorable light on the Columbia community,” said Jana Daley, judge liaison director for the tournament. “I would say the two most critical factors that impacted our success were the number of people from the community who came to serve as judges and the gracious hospitality of Columbia International University."
In 1997, the NCFCA was founded with a mission “to promote excellence in communications through competitive opportunities where homeschool students develop the skills necessary to think critically and communicate effectively in order to address life issues from a biblical worldview in a manner that glorifies God.” CIU has hosted the NCFCA’s regional debate tournament for years.