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Abstract

As a young forensics educator, I am constantly reminded that my work, like the work of Discourse, stands on the shoulders of giants. Keeping the roots of forensics education alive is essential in growing the activity. For me our Aristotelian roots remain ever present because Aristotle’s pursuit of truth lies at the core of modern forensic activity. He once wrote, “Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” This sentiment encapsulates the essence of a forensics giant from South Dakota, Judy Kroll. While this National Forensics League (NFL) Hall of Fame member officially retired from the classroom at Brookings High School in 2012 after 32 years, she continues to be a formidable force within the forensics community. She recently took the time to answer some questions for Discourse about her career as a debate coach.

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