Valparaiso, Chesterton students debate carbon tax

Chesterton High School junior Katelyn Balakir and senior Nate Scheerer, left to right, answer audience questions after a debate on carbon tax against junior Elliott Yu and senior Zoe Crim of Valparaiso High School during a March 2017 Valparaiso Chain of Lakes annual environmental debate held at the Porter County Administration Building.

Chesterton and Valparaiso high schoolers will clash Monday in a healthy debate on maybe one of the longest debated questions in dietetics  which is better: a meat-based or plant-based diet?

The annual high school environmental debate, sponsored by the Valpo Chain of Lakes Watershed Group, will engage the two high school teams in a discussion of medical, economic and environmental pros and cons of animal versus plant consumption as a main source of protein.

Chesterton High School students will debate in favor of vegetarianism, while Valparaiso High School students will defend the meat-eater's diet.

The debate series, now in its 11th year, is organized annually to build an appreciation for both sides of environmental issues, such as the carbon tax and climate change, topics leading previous years' conversations.

"The students appreciate the chance to demonstrate their skills and move others to sharpen their own," promoters stated. "Those who attend are reliably in awe of the abilities displayed by these award-winning debaters."

Debate teams will consist of Elli Bezotte, Anna Lavalley and Kinzie Gamaleldin from Valparaiso, as well as Grace Whah, Azeez Lakhani and Zoe Swanson of Chesterton.

The debate, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the Porter County Administration Building.


Education Reporter

Carley Lanich covers education in Lake County and throughout the Region. She comes to Northwest Indiana from Indianapolis and is an IU-Bloomington grad.