April Reino

April Reino

If April could pick the city for the next Euros, she would have it take place in Milan, for debates in warm weather on a city square, surrounded by pigeons, tourists, beautiful Italian people and descendants of the Roman Gods. In reverse order, hopefully. Or if, instead of Milan, you were to visit her home state Minnesota (USA), you would have to continue your debating career there, since no one would find a reason to ever leave it again. Except for April herself, obviously, after she received a Fulbright scholarship to study International Law and Political Sciences in Vienna. Having enjoyed competitive speaking for years, joining DKWien was the obvious thing to do for April after settling in to EUDC’s next host city. Here, she also works as an English language assistant in a high school. As the next adventure after Euros, she is aspiring to pursue a graduate programme in public policy next autumn.

When she started to introduce debating to her students, they had a passionate debate about whether school students should be required to get a job before graduation. This example is one of the reasons why April says that debating is T H E thing. She observed that it teaches students to take their knowledge and apply it to concrete and real issues. Because that ability will not go away once they leave school, it is a skill for life that school can form into a culture of knowledge and thought and their application. That is why debating in Austria needs the public attention and the gathering of experience that comes with hosting EUDC.

April joined the Euros communication team to contact foreign embassies in Vienna, after in a project meeting someone said, “April! You!“ Her only complaint so far is that life too often gets in the way of Vienna EUDC. Maybe as a reward for many more months of organisational endeavour, her wish comes true that American scientists and science educators Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye attend the event? Certainly there would be space for a keynote speech or, guess what, a debate! The final debate of Euros can be a hit or a miss, which depends on a host of factors, ranging at least from the motion and the debaters involved to the audience and the venue. If all that fits tough, April sees that Vienna Euros could already come close to a perfect EUDC. In her opinion, that would be one after which the participants say, “I can’t wait to come back!” To April, the Vienna debaters say in return, “Don’t leave us after Euros!”

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