Lexington High School students (from left to right) Toby Armstrong, Emily McMahan, Ryan Zhang and Jessie Mahler, are among more than 100 students in the debate program who will help host the 'Big Lex' debate tournament at the school this month. Photo courtesy of the Lexington Winter Invitational.
About 800 students from around the country will strike up arguments in Lexington later this month in the annual “Big Lex” debate tournament.
The tournament, known officially as the Lexington Winter Invitational, is one of the biggest debate tournaments in the country and will be held at Lexington High School Friday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 21.
Janet McMahan, the co-chair of this year’s tournament, said students from 85 schools in 18 different states, from California to Florida, will participate in this year’s debates.
Topics will include transportation infrastructure policy, how terrorists are tried in the United States, income disparity and the Second Amendment.
The local tournament is a qualifying debate for the annual Tournament of Champions held in Lexington, Ky. Students in the debate program at Lexington High School will be volunteering to host the event instead of competing.
Last year, Lexington families hosted about 300 debate participants at their homes during the tournament weekend, McMahan said.
More information about the tournament can be found online here.