Standout Student: Armstrong Debater Lucy Dreyer Has Knack for Arguing
Lucy Dreyer, a senior at Armstrong High School in Plymouth, has a special talent for arguing.
“I’d argue with my parents at dinner and with my friends,” Dreyer told CCX News. “Just light-hearted conversations I find fun to do.”
She’s using her talents to argue competitively at Armstrong.
“I thought I would join the arguing team,” she said. “Then I just kind of fell in love with it and the people in it.”
Dryer has had a busy year making arguments on her school’s debate team, where she specializes in Lincoln-Douglass style one-on-one policy debate.
“I like the individual aspect I think, partly because if you lose, know you’ve lost and it wasn’t anything that someone else did,” Dreyer said. “There’s no one to blame or anything, so any improvement that you do is really personal.”
She’s found success with the debate team, winning at local tournaments and sections. She was a quarterfinalist in the state tournament and received All-State recognition.
Coming up in June, she’ll head to the national tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I think it will be fun,” Dreyer said. “I went last year in a different form of debate and it was just a really fun experience, so I’m looking forward to doing it again.”
The skills she’s learned in debate may one-day lead her to the courtroom.
“One career path I’m looking at is civil rights law,” she said. “That kind of public speaking, advocacy, knowledge of civil issues and political current events I think would be really useful for that field.”