Missouri's cream of the crop NFL students headed out over the weekend to the 2008 Desert Lights tournament being held this year in Las Vegas. Top students from across the U.S. will compete for a national title and scholarships in Policy Debate, Public Forum, Duo Interpretation, Lincoln Douglas Debate, International Extemporaneous Speaking, United States, Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, and Oratory. Competition started this morning and will run through the week and ends Friday with an awards ceremony.
Students from Monett left Friday and spent Saturday checking out the sites in 104 degree weather. Saturday evening they were treated to the theatrical performance of "Phantom of the Opera." High School students from Neosho, Joplin, Cassville, the Springfield area and many other local schools will also be competing in the National Tournament. Good Luck to each of them!
The NFL prepares students in areas of leadership in business, government, law, education and many more. Students learn and develop critical thinking skills and persuasive speaking. Many past NFL students have gone on to become government leaders, politicians and actors such as President Lydon B. Johnson, various members of Congress, NBC Dateline's Co-anchor Stone Philips, Oprah Winfrey, news anchor, Jane Pauley just to name a few.
I will post results of the competition, so keep checking back!