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KNOW & Tell NEWS MEMBERS TAKE STUDENTS TO NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT Two talented Hall County students got chance to put their arguing skills to the test by participating in the National Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah this past summer. These great debaters, Joey Wigley and Pilar Corso, were coached by GAE Hall County members Steven and Charity Wang. Joey, who qualified in the U.S. extemporaneous speaking category back in February, is a recent graduate of North Hall High School. Pilar, a rising senior at Johnson High School, qualified at the congressional senate debate in March. Joey said he joined speech and debate because he “wanted to expose myself to arguments on both sides and to exercise my public speaking skills.” He continued, “I did both of those while making amazing friends with people like Pilar (Corso) and from schools all over the state.” Going into the tournament, Joey expected to speak on foreign policy, economics and the Obama administration, among other topics. Staying informed and updated on current events was key to his preparation for competition. Pilar noted that preparing for both sides of an argument can be time consuming. She said, “Debate is my main focus and takes up most of my weekends.” Pilar expected to give speeches “on a variety of bills concerning the country that can range from whether or not to establish an 6 | KNOW • Volume 14 Issue 2 American embassy in Iran to enacting the Save America From Drug Addiction Act of 2016.” She commented that at nationals, “the amount of time you have to speak entirely depends on how prepared you are to give speeches. At any time, a senator can stand to be recognized to give a speech.” But the two debaters had in their arsenal nearly two decades worth of debate coaching experience in Steven and Charity Wang. Steven, who currently serves as the Constitution & Bylaws chairman for the GAE Board of Directors, has been coaching debate at North Hall High School for over ten years. His wife Charity, recently named the Georgia Speech Coach of the Year, has been helping students debate at the top of their ability for six years. Both Pilar and Joey have been in speech and debate for two years. Pilar is an international baccalaureate candidate, part of the Johnson International Scholars Academy, and was an exchange student to Ecuador in the summer and fall of 2015. Joey plans to attend Baylor University this summer and study economics and pre-law. While at Baylor, he plans to join the school’s mock trial team and join the Air Force Judge Advocate General after college. Joey plans to run for public office in the future. BEST EDITORIAL /BEST RETIRED SECTION GAE’s KNOW Magazine wins National Best Editorial from State Education Editors for “The Zero Sum Game Being Played in Georgia Education.” GAE-Retired won first place in the NEA-Retired Spotlight Award category This award is for a State Active Newsletter covering Retired issues published in the 2015-16 issues of the Know Magazine in featuring GAE-Retired.


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