Central High School's Speech and Debate Coach Kevin Berlat was in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Communications on 1/17/2018

Speech and Debate coach Kevin Berlat was in Washington, D.C. the first week of the spring semester, chaperoning a group of last summer’s national Congressional Debate champions. He was an invited guest of the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership, because of his role as tabulation chair for the National Tournament.  The students on the trip are now students at   Harvard University and Princeton University, and one who is still in high school in Florida.  All three were winners of either the national championship, or the student-voted Leadership Bowl at the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament.

 “The students and I met with Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida and Representative Terry Sewell of Alabama.  We had an opportunity to watch the final vote in the House of Representatives on the controversial surveillance bill January 11.  We toured the Capitol building, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and were guided on a nighttime tour of the monuments.  We also visited the Supreme Court,” Berlat said.

The Stennis Center is a federal agency charged with a mission to promote public service in America.  The purpose of the program is to provide individuals with intimate exposure to Congress and those who make Congress work as an institution of American democracy.