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May 03, 2011


Program will focus on issues in American education and offer unique leadership opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today encouraged students from across the nation, interested in learning from today’s top policy experts, to apply for the Four Star Debate program at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) in Oklahoma City from July 10-15. Inhofe was the guest speaker at last year’s event and is a supporter of the leadership experience the program provides.


This year’s program will challenge students with the topic of whether the 50 states in America should adopt a system of school choice for private and public primary and secondary schools. Students interested in participating should apply online before May 14 at


Four Star Debate: Developing Leaders with U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks is a leadership development, debate and communications program for 48 of the finest high school students from across the nation. The program is hosted by the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and the Academy of Leadership & Liberty at OC.

“Four Star Debate offers an once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students interested in developing strong leadership and debate skills,” said Inhofe. “I encourage students from across the nation to apply for an opportunity to learn from one of America’s great leaders and my friend, Gen. Tommy Franks.”  

Students will receive training from high-profile academic experts, NCPA professional policy analysts, debate coaches and university debate students. Leadership development and communications training is provided by OC's nationally recognized faculty, staff and academy contributors. The highlights of the week include learning invaluable lessons on leadership from Franks, the four-star general who commanded American and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith.

“Our goal is to ensure a brighter tomorrow by bringing the best and brightest students together to learn leadership skills and debate key issues,” said Franks. “This year will be an excellent opportunity for students to learn and debate a critical issue in American education, a topic in which they have first-hand experience.” 

The purpose of the program is to train students in strategic thinking, planning, communication and teamwork and to practice their skills through debate. Participants receive practical training in the art of persuasion, gain in-depth knowledge of the debate issue, gather valuable team experiences and develop relationships with other up-and-coming leaders. The top debaters will be awarded scholarships for furthering their education.


About the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum

The goal of the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum is to tell compelling stories of leadership, introduce historical topics in each exhibit, and to encourage study and debate concerning the leadership traits illustrated by the story. It is located in Hobart, Okla. For more information, visit

About the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)

With offices in Dallas and Washington, D.C., the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization established in 1983. The NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control while solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. For more information, visit

Academy of Leadership & Liberty


The Academy of Leadership & Liberty at Oklahoma Christian University exists to uphold, teach, and strengthen the values that promote liberty, free enterprise, and servant leadership. To accomplish that mission, the academy seeks to inspire leaders of character, vision, and courage while equipping them with the values that have a profound and lasting impact on individuals, families, communities, and nations. Guided by faith and the principles of servant leadership, character, and social justice, the academy is committed to perpetuating the values and freedoms endowed by our Creator and empowered by the founding wisdom of our democracy. For more information, visit




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