Nicole Caputo, A Missouri City resident and a senior at Westbury Christian School joined 47 other high school students from across the country and around the world at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, Okla. to debate whether the 50 states should adopt a system of school choice for private and public primary and secondary schools. The camp was held July 10 – 15 and will include a visit to the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum.
“We must teach young people from all walks of life how to be leaders, embrace problems and tackle complex issues head on,” Gen. Tommy Franks said. “Caputo is a great example of what tomorrow’s leaders will be.”
Apart from her debate activities, Caputo is a member of her high school’s National Honor Society, and she participates in school athletics.
During the program, students were involved in strategic thinking, planning, communication and teamwork. Students will receive instruction from NCPA’s professional policy analysts, debate coaches and university debate students.
Participants from across the country and around the world were paired as debate partners, allowing students of all backgrounds to wrestle with one of the most important public policy issues of our day. While in Oklahoma, the students took excursions to the Oklahoma State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion to experience policymaking first-hand.
In addition to sharpening debate and leadership skills, and learning from top policy experts from around the globe, students will interact with world-renowned leaders, including Franks, the four-star general who commanded American and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with other high-profile leaders, including Dr. John C. Goodman, NCPA president, and Dr. Mike O’Neal, OC president.
For more information, visit http://fourstardebate.ncpa.org/.