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PURCELLVILLE, VA – Seniors Matthew du Mee and Christy Ross were recently named as National Education Debate Association's (NEDA) All-Americans at an award ceremony held during the 2005 NEDA Nationals Tournament by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. A collegiate debate association, NEDA specializes in public forum debate and developing public advocates. All American debaters are recognized for their service to NEDA and their community.
Debate is one of Patrick Henry College's longest standing and best-known extracurricular activities. Successful debaters must have a broad knowledge of law and current events, effective research skills, the ability to form convincing arguments, and a powerful public speaking style. These skills and the character built through pursuing excellence in debate are useful, not only to those aspiring to politics or law, but to anyone who ever needs to speak in public or form a convincing argument.