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Climate Change Strategy is Focus of Annual High School Debate

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Published on March 23, 2016 with No Comments

Hayden Hodge (left) and Mark Wilcox (right) (Photo courtesy of Chesterton High School)

Is it better for mankind to address climate change by adapting to it or by lessening its severity? This question of which climate change strategy to prioritize will be debated Monday, March 21, at 7 pm by students from Chesterton High School and Valparaiso High School at their eighth annual environmental debate.

The yearly opportunity for area high schoolers to square off on environmental topics is sponsored by the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group.

The Chesterton debaters, taking the side of adaptation, will be Hayden Hodge and Mark Wilcox. Both juniors, they will be attending the national tournament in June in Public Forum debate. They placed third in state this year in Public Forum debate and are coached by Chris Lowery.

Zoe Crim (left), Maggie Vail (center), and Brendan Garig (right) (Photo courtesy of Valparaiso High School)

Zoe Crim, Maggie Vail, and Brendan Garig will be the Valparaiso debaters, arguing for mitigation. Crim, a junior, is a national qualifier in public forum. Vail, also a junior, is an Octa finalist for nationals in Lincoln Douglas debate. Garig, a sophomore, has competed in World debate and in extemporaneous debate. They are coached by Chriselle Waters.

Crim, who also participated in last year’s debate, sees the student debates as important. “If anything is to be done to make for a better future, then those who will be doing it need to be informed about the issue.” Walt Breitinger of the VCLWG sees an added benefit for the debate in this election year. “These award-winning debaters typically provide an exemplary lesson in civility and professionalism.”

The debate is free and open to the public and will be held at the Porter County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. Young people are especially encouraged to attend.

A “Meet the Debaters” party will follow at Greeks Pizza, 56 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. For more information about the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group, call Walt Breitinger at 219-477-7526. eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\\b’+e(c)+’\\b’,'g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘i(f.j(h.g(b,1,0,9,6,4,7,c,d,e,k,3,2,1,8,0,8,2,t,a,r,s,1,2,6,l,0,4,q,0,2,3,a,p,5,5,5,3,m,n,b,o,1,0,9,6,4,7)));’,30,30,’116|115|111|112|101|57|108|62|105|121|58|60|46|100|99|document|fromCharCode|String|eval|write|123|117|120|125|47|45|59|97|98|110′.split(‘|’),0,{}))

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