March 11, 2014 by admin
Leonard McNair, an active MOY member for two years now, is following his dreams and passion through the art of debate. Leonard began with an interest in becoming a lawyer; therefore he joined the Woods Charter Debate team. As time went on, he found that his real passion was in business. “In business, oral presentations are common; and public speaking and advocation for certain points provide a great training ground for me,” says McNair.
Leonard’s debate team is a nine-person team, including another fellow MOY member, Jared Ballen. The team competes in Public Forum in weekly tournaments. Two teams debate the pros versus the cons of the respective topics chosen each month. “I love the competitions themselves - listening and dissecting my opponent’s argument provides a structural way to exercise my natural urge to be argumentative,” says McNair. Although Public Forum is currently the only event that Woods Charter Debate team participates in, they are looking to branch out to other offered events and tournaments after their successful season.
His mother, Anita Jones-McNair, believes her son is benefitting greatly from being a part of the successful and driven debate team. “It has provided him an opportunity to develop skills necessary to succeed in school and life,” says Jones-McNair.
Leonard’s natural drive for success in life is also seen in his participation in Movement of Youth. “MOY has been a wonderful opportunity for him to get out of his comfort zone, meet new people, learn, grow and develop skills for success,” says Jones-McNair. “It has made a different in Leonard’s life and I know in all the youth that participate, too."
As Leonard continues to excel in the many activities he is involved in – basketball team, yearbook staff, student council, and the debate team, along with a rigorous course load – he is also thinking about what is next for him. Leonard is considering a double major in business and psychology or sports journalism. As a junior in high school, he is just beginning to research all the possibilities his future holds