Earlier this month, the Freshman and Sophomore law classes debated each other in the auditorium in front of a large crowd of students, teachers, and outside judges in the annual Freshman vs. Sophomore Debate. Both teams worked tirelessly for over a month researching information and case precedent that would be used to form cohesive, intelligent arguments to support their side. With strict time constraints, challenging rebuttal questions, and the pressure of speaking in front of a large group of people, the two teams also had to make sure to perfect their public speaking skills. The two topics debated this year were whether or not a uniform death penalty procedure should be mandated in all fifty states and whether or not states are required to recognize same sex marriage licenses granted to homosexual couples in other states. The Freshman team won the death penalty debate and the Sophomore team won the same sex marriage debate, with only a couple of points separating the teams in both!

Submitted by 11th grade Law and Justice student, Amanda Maher.