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Miner Disputes: Nevada County Bar Association hosts fundraiser for NU Debate

The Nevada County Bar Association will host a fundraiser for the Nevada Union High School Debate Team Tuesday at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers followed by three rounds of debate on current events.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and include five voting tokens. Additional voting tokens can be purchased for $1 each.

Each 30-minute debate will feature four student advocates presenting arguments for and against each topic.

Michael Cobden, president of the Nevada County Bar Association, will facilitate a lively cross-examination by audience members, and conclude each debate with an audience vote by purchased tokens to determine the winning team.

Debate topics will be local, national and international in scope:

Resolved: Nevada County should offer new permits for gold mining operations.

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should offer a path to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.

Resolved: North Korea poses a greater threat to U.S. national security than does Iran.

The Nevada Union High School Debate program is dedicated to building a strong and successful debate community, providing classes, coaching and opportunities for competitive debate in local, state and national tournaments.

Long the domain of private schools, NU debate is determined to create a rural, public high school debate program that rivals the well-funded and highly supported private school debate teams.

Students gain college level research skills, learn persuasive argument and effective public speaking and enhance their critical reading and thinking skills.

Debate students have a proven track record of academic excellence with acceptance and scholarships at colleges and universities such as Stanford, Whitman, Brown, Deep Springs and many more.

Nevada Union High School does not have the funds to sustain the financial requirements of this program.

Nevada Union Debate Boosters Club is an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to supporting the debate team with financial resources, professional skills, transportation requirements and overall enthusiasm.

The Nevada County Bar Association is a committed supporter of the debate team, its students and the Boosters.

To reserve tickets and learn more about NUs Debate Team and its fundraising efforts, visit

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