Our debaters are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Many are enrolled in the Liberty University Honors program, which requires a minimum 3.5 GPA. Many former debaters have gone on to have successful careers in business, teaching, and law, and alumni have attended law schools at Duke University, the University of Virginia, George Washington University, the University of Texas, Georgetown University, and the University of Chicago.
Membership on the Liberty University Debate Team is open to students of all experience levels. We welcome those with no prior debate experience, extensive debate experience, and everyone in between.
Liberty Debate provides scholarships to experienced high school policy debaters and returning junior varsity and varsity debaters based on their ability and team dedication.
Chase McCool (GOVT '08) debated for Liberty University for four years and graduated with a degree in Political Science. He continued his studies at Liberty Law School and earned his Juris Doctorate in 2011. Currently, Chase serves as in-house counsel for Continental Western Group, a property and casualty insurance company, based in Des Moines, IA. Along with his wife, LU Debate alum Lauren McCool, he coaches a high school policy debate team at Theodore Roosevelt High School.
Stephen Lind (COMS '05) is an Assistant Professor of Business Communication at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. After graduating from Liberty, he received an M.A. from the Speech Communication program at the University of Illinois and a PhD in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. His forthcoming book, “A Charlie Brown Religion: The Spiritual Life and Work of Charles M. Schulz,” will be released in November 2015 by the University Press of Mississippi.
Layla Zon (GOVT '96) received her law degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000. She joined the District Attorney’s office in July 2000 and began prosecuting cases in Newton County. In 2003, Layla was promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Layla continued to prosecute all misdemeanor and felony offenses that were assigned to her before becoming the Major Felony Prosecutor responsible for prosecuting major cases included Homicides, Armed Robberies, White Collar Crime, and Special Prosecutions. In August 2010, Layla was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to succeed William Kendall Wynne, Jr., the former District Attorney.
Wesley Trevor A’Harrah (MUSC '13) graduated summa through the Honors Program with a degree in Individualized Studies, for music (vocal performance) and psych (human services). He moved to Spain to pursue his Masters in Global Entertainment and Music Business, with his current thesis on the economic and policy-making transformations of the UK music industry as related to the Internet. He is currently working in online social media strategy, as well, for a music booking/promotion agency (LiveXmusic Management) and for two professional nonprofit/societies (TEDxBerkleeValencia and Berklee Women's Empower Symposium). He plans to move to London to begin working for Media Insight Consulting--a boutique business strategy and consulting firm that specializes in big data analytics within the arts and entertainment industry.