July 24, 2011
Students with at least one year of debate experience can participate in an intense workshop lead by award-winning alumni and coaches at Hope Chapel in Austin, TX on August 19-20. Here’s an idea of some of the cool stuff we’ll be doing:
- Teaching on advanced debate and research topics
- In depth re-evaluation of some basic topics
- An overview on the resolution and the status quo
- Writing a sourcebook
- Christian Fellowship
- And much, much, more!!!
Seriously, you get to write your own sourcebook. Is that cool or what?
Check in later this week for more details! Registration coming soon.
May 10, 2011
Exley,Paul D 7th
Clarkson,Kathryn G. 7th
Exley,Nathan D SF
Exley,Paul D 6th
Maisano, Beth 3rd
Clarkson,Kathryn G. 4th
Exley,Nathan D 6th
Clarkson,Kathryn G. SF
Exley,Paul D SF
Exley,Paul D 3rd
Exley,Paul D 3rd
Team Policy Speaks
Beth Maisano 2nd
Jonathan Morgan 3rd
Owen Stroud 12th
Lincoln Douglas Speaks
Owen Stroud 10th
Paul Exley 14th
March 10, 2011
ARC pre-qualifies a record number (5) IE slots and 1 TP slot in Houston National Open.
December 20, 2010
Over the past four days, about 27 ARCers have been working on a Pro-Life music video,Almighty, which is expected to be released on January 7th. In Almighty, an unmarried 18 year-old woman (Kathryn Grace Clarkson) finds herself in a troubled pregnancy. As she considers abortion, her unborn baby girl (Cynthia Umstattd) sings, dances and celebrates her new found life.
September 3, 2010
Last Friday I had the opportunity to not only watch, but to run with two very good friends of mine, in the ARC presidential race. You know when somebody is truly in God’s Will when they are completely at peace with the outcome, regardless of whether or not it came out in their favor. I saw this in my fellow competitors, as we sat in the lobby and waited for the votes to settle.
Kathryn and David: thank you guys so much for your Christ centered attitudes in the race. I look forward to working with ya’ll in the future and I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through both of you in this upcoming year. This is just the beginning! On Friday night I laid out my goals and vision in my presidential speech. I wanted to reiterate them here for those of you who may have missed it and want to know what I’m about.
Worship, Attitude, Action and Prayer. A short and sweet way to remember it is WAAP! (These are not in order of importance) These will compose the core of my vision for this upcoming year, and here is how I plan to carry them out…
- Worship: Exd 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”
We will start every meeting with worship.
- Attitude: Phl 2:1 “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:”
How am I going to implement a Christ like attitude in this club? I cannot force a mindset on someone and I am not going to. What I can do however, is set the example by having a Christ centered attitude myself, and encourage others to do the same. This is what I am going to do and if you don’t see me living this out, you have my permission to WAAP me!
- Action: Rom 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Lukewarm Christianity is not an option for me or this club. The Specific Actions are, making a prayer wall at every tournament, participating in community activities, (for example, the pro-life speech contest we had last year, the service day at Camp of the Hill’s children’s camp, the Travis County Healthcare District committee meeting, The Texas Rally for life and others, should they become available.) Conducting worship nights at the tournaments, and pursue Christ centered attitudes.
- Prayer: Jam 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Phl 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Our chaplains will pray before every meeting, meal and at the start of every day of a tournament.
Those are my goals.
This is my vision:
Titus 2:7 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Love you guys. God Bless,
August 23, 2010
July 6th through August 14th, several ARC students participated in the first annual Filmmaker’s Academy. The Academy itself was put on in part by Paul Hastings, an alumni of the Austin Rhetoric Club.
Four ARC students participated in this year’s Academy. The short films they produced over the course of the summer can be viewed here:
Their final production, Obsession (not yet posted online), was awarded first place in the closing film festival. Congratulations to Christina Hastings, Jonathan Morgan, William and John Umstattd, and the rest of their team!
August 11, 2010
To take part in official NCFCA tournaments, your family will need to register as NCFCA affiliates. This is a one-time fee per season, and covers any number of competitors in your family.
Affiliate Registration Fees:
Before September 15th: $30
September 15-December 31: $40
After December 31: $50
For details regarding affiliation, check the NCFCA website.
August 11, 2010
As you and your family take your first step into the Austin Rhetoric Club or come back for another year, keep in mind that while ARC is student-led, parents play a vitally important role in everything that goes on. Whether it’s coaching, teaching, or just encouraging, always stay involved with your student and the club.
Be your child’s best encourager, supporter, and provider of exhortation (i.e. “coach”)
Commit to coming to ARC meetings and encouraging others
Stay current with all email updates
Take your speakers to at least 2 official tournaments
Be open to activities outside of club time (brainstorming sessions, etc)
Remind your student to keep God first
Practice Christian apologetics
April 23, 2010
Qualifiers to the Region IV invitational (which will be hosted here in Austin, May 5-8th) have been announced on the NCFCA website. A couple of our students have even qualified straight to the national competition. ARC has done very well, so let’s take a moment to celebrate how God has blessed this club, especially those who are going to their first Regionals…
Speech: Limited Preparation
Limited Prep events involves giving a speech on the fly with little preparation on a topic you probably weren’t expecting. 14 ARCers qualified over all three events in this category! This includes eleven who qualified in our signature event, Apologetics, where students learn how to defend and explain their faith on the fly.
To find out more about Limited Prep, check out our page.
Kathryn Grace Clarkson
Anna Macdonald (First Time!)
Alex Billups (First Time!)
Kathryn Grace Clarkson
Willliam Umstattd (First Time!)
A “platform speech” is usually what you think of when you hear “speech.” Students in this event persuade and inform their listeners in a conversational manor. Unlike in limited prep, the speakers must script their speech and have 10 minutes to make a difference!
Eight ARCers are competing in Platform speeches at the Regional Qualifier. Congratulations!
Ben Billups (First time!)
Interpretation is a lot of fun. It’s like acting without props… in a suit. In these interpretive events, Austin Rhetoric Club Members take a piece of literature and interpret it using their body and voice, but without using any props. That even includes the floor and (in Duo) even the your interpretation partner!
14 students made in various interpretation categories. Way to go!
Katie Morgan (First Time!)
Daniel Gaskell (Nationally Qualified!)
Huber/ Huber (First Time!)
Anna Macdonald (First Time!)
Kathryn Grace C
Kathryn Grace C
Debate differs from speech in that it involves not only communicating and persuading, but also responding to objections. Throughout the tournament, students learn to present both sides of an important issue. In Team Policy, they also learn valuable teamwork skills with their partner.
Note: First time means that at least one of the members of the team is going in debate for the first time.
Maisano/Morgan (First Time!)
Clarkson/Exley (First Time!)
Lill/Upham (First Time!)
Adkisson/Simmons (First Time!)
Harris/Snodgrass (??? – yeah, we’ll claim ‘em)
David Huber (First Time!)
Avery Lill (going to Nationals!)
Anna MacDonald (First Time!)
Katy Maisano (First Time!)
More import than winning awards or recognition is the future. What are you going to do with these speeches and skills? At the Austin Rhetoric Club, we’re not training speakers who just show up at tournaments, but speakers who take the skills they’ve learned out into the world and shine their light Matthew 5:16 style!
If you would like to help train the christian leaders of tomorrow, please sign up to help judge at the Region IV Tournament in Austin.
November 18, 2009
From all the reports I’ve heard about the New Braunfels Round Robin it sounds like ARC was very well represented and did a fantastic job. Kudos to President Ben Snodgrass, the ARC officers, coaches, parents, and the whole club for your leadership, participation, and cooperation on Saturday.
I just wanted to make a quick announcement that a music video called “Forever” that was created in September with the help of several ARCers was accepted into the Young Christian Filmmaker’s Festival in Bryan, TX and will be shown this Saturday, November 21st.
Attendance is free and all are encouraged to come, participate, and learn. The festival will be held from 10:00 – noon at the address below:
First Baptist Church
3100 Cambridge Dr.
Bryan, TX 77802-4613
If you haven’t seen “Forever” online yet then you can watch it here. You’ll see some familiar names listed below the video.
If you have further questions just email me or give me a call. One last note, the latest project made with Alex Lerma was uploaded yesterday. You can watch it here.