Bao-Anh Ho, Captain
Team Vietnam Debating Team 2017 and 2018, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Debating is not just about the victories. It is also about the lessons that we learn from our defeats. As passionate educators, our coaches prioritized the development of the team and us as individuals, more so than the outcome of each debate. This, to me, allowed us to work on our weaknesses and accumulate experience as well as confidence to take on even the toughest of international debaters. Although I have graduated from high school, the skills which I developed continue to serve me well in university, and prepared me for higher education. Debating is incredibly beneficial in environments with a diversity of views and opinions like the US. Skills like critical thinking become valuable assess for students like me who strive to become global citizens.