“It’s an honor for the region and Delaware Academy in particular,” said Lopez.
Delaware Academy Superintendent Jason Thomson said these types of activities help the school maintain its reputation as a quality academic institution. To debate against one’s peers requires a strong background of knowledge in a subject. It requires the attention to critical thinking skills that are at the heart of the state’s curriculum, he said.
Volunteers from the community will be helping with the competition, including residents, board of education members, administrators and local businesses. A lot of people deserve credit for getting this far, but Stanton deserves the lion’s share, he said.
“She has worked hard not only to bring the tournament here, but also to develop the school’s program,” he said.
The tournament should not only benefit the students, but the area economy as well, as more than a thousand people come to the area for lodgings, meals and gas, he said.
“We’re excited to showcase what the community has to offer.”