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[Share]Published: November 27, 2013

FDNY High School Seniors Become Great Debaters

FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety student, J'Sean Barton, center, used career path examples to help prove his argument during the Job Readiness Debate. Standing with Barton are teammates Julian Aragones, left, and Arnold Watkis.
FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety student, J'Sean Barton, center, used career path examples to help prove his argument during the Job Readiness Debate. Standing with Barton are teammates Julian Aragones, left, and Arnold Watkis.

Is the glass half full?

That is the question that FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety seniors answered on Nov. 8 as participants in a Job Readiness Debate.

FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety student, Ishmel Griffith, right, used humor in his rebuttal remarks during the Job Readiness Debate. Standing with Griffith is teammate Triston Brown.
FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety student, Ishmel Griffith, right, used humor in his rebuttal remarks during the Job Readiness Debate. Standing with Griffith is teammate Triston Brown.

As part of the challenging homework assignment in the school’s Job Readiness Class, 30 students competed in teams of three in a thrilling debate. In total, five teams served as the proposition and five teams competed as the opposition.

While using quotes, anecdotes, scientific facts, props and humor to help prove their case to three guest judges, the students also learned about persuasive public speaking, rebuttal arguments, time management and teamwork during the tournament-style debate.

FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety student, David Hernandez, center, used props to emphasize his argument during the Job Readiness Debate. Standing with Hernandez are teammates Jonathan Valentin, left, and Ashayna Daniel.
FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety student, David Hernandez, center, used props to emphasize his argument during the Job Readiness Debate. Standing with Hernandez are teammates Jonathan Valentin, left, and Ashayna Daniel.

The interactive assignment is one of many in the class, which also features résumé writing, job interviewing skills and other workshops in its curriculum to help the high schoolers become career ready.

The high school, housed in Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, is a small thematic school that educates students from 9th to 12th grade while introducing them to careers as firefighters, paramedics and EMTs.

FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety students, from left, Nhandi Brown, Shawn Williams and Mustafaa Bey were all smiles after winning their round of the Job Readiness Debate.
FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety students, from left, Nhandi Brown, Shawn Williams and Mustafaa Bey were all smiles after winning their round of the Job Readiness Debate.

Learn more about the FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety.

 

 

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