Before Nathan got involved in debate at the beginning of 9th grade, he believed that “what I thought was real was good enough,” he says. A year later, his eyes have been opened to other points of view. As a student leader on his school’s varsity debate team, Nathan has taken control of his education and the responsibility of filling in his learning gaps. He’s competed in tournaments in Newark, Atlanta, and at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He’s traveled to debate camp in Kansas, and he is focused on college. “My favorite thing about debate is the freedom to explore ideas,” he says. “You’re not really free until you can explain to other people how you are free.”