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Joseph Fountain: Witness to the Inauguration

by Paul D. Houle Joseph Fountain, the twenty-four-year-old editor of the Springfield Reporter, scooped every reporter in Vermont—indeed, in the world—with his account of the presidential inauguration of Calvin Coolidge. […]

The Mellon Plan: The Legislative Fight for the First Supply-Side Tax Reforms

By The Honorable French Hill Tax reform isn’t easy, but it is possible. Even dramatic tax reform. Today, when many doubt that proposition, it’s useful to look back at another […]

Calvin Coolidge and the Post-Armistice Chlorine Gas Campaign

By Robert M. Klein, M.D., Columbia University Irving Medical Center On May 18, 1924, First Congregational Church in Washington held its regular service. But this Sunday, one important congregant was […]


GRACE COOLIDGE’S RADIO DEBUT OVER STATION NAA ON DECEMBER 4, 1922 By Jerry L. Wallace Next year is a centennial year for President Calvin Coolidge. But this year marks a […]

Dallas Debate Students Shine at Coolidge Cup Qualifying Tournament

April 14, 2016

JV Runner Up - SEM Lasseter PosadaGovernment surveillance was the point of contention at the Coolidge Foundation’s third Coolidge Cup Qualifying tournament, held with the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance on April 8th and 9th at Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, Texas. Students debated whether the government should curtail its surveillance of private citizens. Nearly 100 students participated in this exciting policy debate.

On Saturday morning Foundation program associate Rushad Thomas and Southern Methodist University debate coach Ben Voth faced off in a spirited mock debate for the students, with Dr. Voth taking the pro-side and Rushad taking the con-side. The students also had the opportunity to submit video entries for the Bill of Rights Institute-Coolidge Foundation-National Speech and Debate Association video competition on whether political correctness has gone too far. A number of debaters submitted very impressive videos.JV Champs - Kimball Sanchez Martinez

At the end of the debates the Foundation award scholarships to the four top students to attend our World Schools Debate Camp and compete in the Coolidge Cup championship. Those four students were Debra Martinez, Alejandro Posada, Ildefonso Sanchez, and Storm Lassiter. We greatly look forward to welcoming Debra, Alejandro, Ildefonso, and Storm to Plymouth Notch this summer, and we hope you will participate as well by registering to judge debate.

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