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Joelle & Dana at a Speech and Debate Competition

Joelle & Dana at a Speech and Debate Competition

Dana is growing up fast. She will turn 14 this Summer in Paris, and in 2013 expects to join her sister in Running Start and participate in an internship program for aspiring chefs at our local community college.

Dana experienced tremendous growth this year through a competitive speech and debate league.

In competition against 17 and 18 year-olds with six years of experience, her speech on Down Syndrome nearly qualified for the national finals:

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Dana’s second speech explored the needs of Street Kids and our response:

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In debate Dana & Joelle argued The case for a sweetened beverage tax (to reduce the Metabolic Syndrome epidemic that affects one third of U.S. adults).

[NOTE: Dr. Robert Lustig calls this the world’s greatest public health crisis, yet it is widely unrecognized.

Visit the YouTube playlist for Joelle & Dana’s case and you’ll also find links for two recent videos documenting the urgency of this issue:

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(See Joelle’s page for the closing arguments to this case.)

We are proud of Dana’s achievements in competitive speech and debate,  and of her choices of significant topics for this year’s competition.

Our vision is for Dana is to exceed us in

  • walking closely with God, and
  • accomplishing great things for His kingdom.

Pray for Dana to continue growing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Lk 2:52).

3 Responses to “Dana”

  1. Ian D. says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I took time to watch Dana’s Speech on Down Syndrome tonight. Very well done and encouraging.

  2. anne rodgers says:

    Great job! I posted Dana’s speech on Down Syndrome. Good arguments. I pray God becomes more important to my “Me” generation…All the topics were well chosen. I am appalled that more people do not speak out about street children. I have known about them for 30 years. I wanted to support a child, but we didn’t feel like we had the money. I asked God to give me some extra money and I won a bike. We sold it for $800.00! Isn’t God amazing!

  3. Craig says:

    Good job Dana. I really liked your speech on Down’s Syndrome. I really liked your repeated mention of ‘culture of death’. This phrase highlights the difference between believers and followers of Christ vs those who don’t.
    We love, accept and bless those who are less fortunate and less blessed than us. God wants us to do so and we bless and honor God when we do so. This also is a stark contrast with the world, those who want to abort/kill those babies that they consider an “inconvenience”.

    As we get closer and close to the “end times” mentioned in Mat 24, the world is going to see a clear difference between the lives of believers vs those of unbelievers. One of these big differences is how we treat those who are less fortunate than us.

    Keep up the good work.

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