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St. Fred's debate team impresses at the UN

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Few of us will ever go inside the United Nations, let alone debate a topic there of world importance, but that was all too real for a debate team from St. Frederick Catholic High School.

While the shopping district was the girls' favorite part of New York City, the team of 7th and 8th graders got the chance to debate at the United Nations.

"We represented Iran on the topic of UNICEF, the child protection fund," says Grant Johnson.

"So we had everything from child welfare, to gun control, medication, migration. Kids were there talking about women's issues across the world," says debate coach Matthew Williams.

Heavy issues for 13 and 14 year olds, but while in New York, one student dealt with an even tougher subject.

"On the 96th floor, and when the south tower was hit by the second plane, he perished," says Christian Amy, 14, about his cousin.

When the group visited the 9/11 memorial, Amy saw his cousins name among the victims. It was a special experience for Christian Amy who was only a toddler when the Twin Towers were attacked.

"When I grew up, my mother told me the stories of my cousin, Leo Russell Keene, that was his name."

He may not remember ever meeting his cousin, but thanks to his debate team, Amy will never forget his trip to New York.

The debate coach at St. Frederick says he's busy planning next month's trip, when he'll be taking his high school team to the United Nations.

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