Ta Phu An, Observer
Team Vietnam Debating Team 2018, The Olympia Schools
As a new debater, my teachers and coaches were instrumental in helping me get from a knowing almost nothing about debate, to being able to make my first 6 minute speech! Their dedication helped me to push my limits and to get better every day. Though debating is not always easy, there were many times that I enjoyed the challenge of learning a new skill, as well as found joy in spending time with the friends I made from debate. In particular, attending the World Schools Debating Championship 2018, even as an observer, was a rewarding experience. Under the guidance of my coaches, I watched and learned from the best teams from around the world. Their explanation after each debate also accelerated my learning and introduced me to new knowledge and strategies. It was a tiring experience, but in my opinion, well worth it.