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Bush Institute to Host Series of High School Economic Debate Tournaments

July 26, 2013 2 minute Read by Hannah Abney

The George W. Bush Institute will host the first of a series of high school Economic Debate tournaments culminating in a national championship Economic Debate tournament weekend on October 19-20, 2013 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.

The Bush Institute’s Economic Debate Program is one of the signature initiatives of The 4% Growth Project. Built upon the success of the inaugural high school Economic Debate weekend in 2012, this year’s national championship tournament will feature student finalists from five regional tournaments held around the country, plus finalists emerging from an online qualifier.  Each regional tournament will highlight a topic on economics and growth, encouraging students to think critically about free markets during their formative years.  The entire program is possible thanks to a partnership with the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. 

This year’s first qualifying debate will be held on August 2 in Plymouth, Vermont, the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. Amity Shlaes, director of The 4% Growth Project, is the author of the New York Times-bestseller Coolidge and one of the nation’s top Coolidge scholars. Fittingly, the Bush Institute is proud to partner with the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation to host students from the Dartmouth Institute of Debate to compete at President Coolidge’s birthplace.  Ben Voth, SMU’s Director of Debate, and Nicole Serrano, Bush Institute fellow and executive director of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, will be on hand to oversee the event.

To learn more about this year’s Economic Debate program visit our newsroom.


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Hannah Abney
Hannah Abney

Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group.  Abney also led communications efforts  at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.

A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons. 

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