March 7-10th, 2012 was the first annual ‘Go Light Your World’ National Speech and Debate Tournament in Tyler, Texas. Chandler “Jimmy” Brazell was remembered and honored by the theme ‘Go Light Your World’, the Tournament put on in his honor, and by all the volunteers who served in honor of Jimmy.
There were almost 200 students and over 500 total including students, parents, judges and volunteers who assembled to compete and serve. Students came from over 6 states and from as far away as California and Missouri.
Students competed in Speech categories such as Interpretation, Persuasive, Impromptu and Apologetics. Debate categories included Parliamentary, Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate and Team Policy Debate.
I was so impressed with the maturity, the skill and the knowledge base of the sudents competing and was very encouraged by the thought that these young adults represent the future leaders in government, business, church , home, etc. I repeatedly heard similar remarks from judges and other volunteers.
Jimmy and our family were additionally honored and blessed by the tournament winners who, instead of receiving trophies, donated the value in money to the Jimmy Brazell Foundation to be used to continue the work Jimmy pioneered at the Dandelion School in Beijing, China. Thank you to all of the winners!
Our family is very humbled and grateful to Jennifer Woolsey and to Wendy Baker who are the founders and organizers of the ‘Go LIght Your World” Speech and Debate Tournament. They both invested months and countless hours of their time to host this event. Our family would also like to thank all of the many volunteers who sacrificially gave of their time before and during the tournament. Many of them donated their time in honor of Jimmy. Thank you! It was a beautiful event that was extremely successful. I believe that in all aspects of the event, our Lord was glorified and that all involved were given the opportunity to increase their speech and debate skills but also were challenged to live their lives more intentional and to ‘Go Light their World.”
‘GO LIGHT YOUR WORLD!’,