Smart, focused and competitive, 7th grade student Morgan Kirkman is an academic leader at her school. A BUDL debater since 4th grade, Morgan uses debate to harness her leadership abilities, enhance her public speaking, and hone advanced analytic skills. “To be a good debater, you need to be able to take both sides of an argument,” she explains. “I like getting smarter. Debate helps me do that.” A frequent winner of medals and trophies and an Elementary Finalist in the BUDL Elementary/Middle School Championship, the aspiring lawyer has discovered a path and a purpose. “I want to study psychology in college, like my sister,” she says, “and then I’m going to law school.”