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KHS to host ‘Great Debate’

Kofa High School’s Junior State of America (JSA) club is hosting its annual Great Debate on Wednesday, March 28 from 7-9 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The evening will include two student debates and a teacher debate. Topics range from political to societal issues and is based on presenting both sides of a particular argument.

“We are going to have a lot of diversity of thought,” KHS junior and JSA member Joshua Garay said. “And that’s what the debate forum is all about.”

Kofa’s JSA chapter is the largest in Arizona and has placed on the national level in past years. They are a non-partisan political debate organization that allows high school students to debate important issues while teaching about civic engagement and student leadership.

Wednesday’s Great Debate event is open to the public. All debates will have portions of time open in which any member of the audience will be granted a maximum of 3 minutes to deliver an opinion for the pro or con. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds support the club’s operations, including travel to competition and events.

“Hopefully, more Kofa kids show up and see that JSA is a club they can get involved in and make a difference,” KHS senior JSA member Ketzalli Lopez said. “I just think it’s wonderful when people are taking part in something.”

According to their website, JSA is the largest student-run organization in the nation aimed at building a generation of leaders who value diversity, inclusion, and empowerment. On high school campuses across the country, students gain valuable public speaking, critical thinking and leadership skills as members of JSA Chapters.

Eric Patten