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 Our Lady of Perpetual Help School’s new debate team hosted and participated in their first NextGen Debate League Tournament on February 9. OLPH students Avery Crousillac, Isabella Reed, and Jillian Brown placed third against teams from five other Coachella Valley schools: Desert Christian Academy, Indio Middle School, Bobby Duke Academy, Desert Ridge Academy, and John Glenn Middle School.

 The topics for the “War of the Worlds Tournament 2019” were:

 • The United States should close its Guantanamo prison.

 • Schools should be year round.

 • Palm Desert should allow Drive-Thru’s.

 • The United States voting age should be lowered to 16.

 “The amount of sportsmanship I’ve seen from all of the debaters has been phenomenal,” said Mrs. Rebekah Shepherd, the OLPH Debate Team’s coach and eighth grade teacher at the school.