Sunday, September 19, 2021

Carroll Debate Team Hosts Guest Speaker

Rafael Cruz Debate Speaker

Pictured L-R: Rafael Cruz, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

The Dragon Forensics Team and Dragon Debate Booster Club invite students, parents and members of the community to an upcoming event focusing on the importance of debate in a student’s academic career.

“Building Leaders: How Debate Benefits Carroll Students” is scheduled for Friday, March 28 in the Carroll Senior High School Auditorium. The two-hour program begins at 6 p.m. and features guest speaker Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Mr. Cruz will talk about how students can benefit from participating in debate and how debate impacted his son’s journey from being a Cuban immigrant to becoming a U.S. Senator. The discussion will be non-political and non-partisan. Guests will also learn more about debate and the activities it encompasses. Award-winning Carroll debate students will also present short demonstrations.

Organizers are hopeful the event will reach current and aspiring debate team members and their parents to consider debate as an extracurricular activity. The Dragon Forensics team competes at the local, state, and national levels against public and private schools; Carroll ISD has programs for 7-12 grade students. Debate offers students a wide range of speaking opportunities, including policy, congressional and Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, humorous and dramatic interpretation, and original oratory.

The Dragon Debate Booster Club is also actively looking for sponsors and student internship opportunities. Email Ellena Prokopeas at for more information.