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2023 Texas Star Great Debate

All Roads Lead to San Antonio!

June 20-25, 2023

We are proud to announce the 2023 Texas Star Great Debate at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. With the support of the President's office, we are bringing back the 6-Day Great Debate to one of its first campuses. "OLLU" was the host of 6-Day programs in the early 2000s which would attract top leaders from Central and South Texas and often Northern Mexico. The 2023 program is slated to continue engaging future leaders from 

Through the years, NHI has cultivated relations with a significant number of universities, mostly private, as reference possibilities when selecting their preferences. As members of NHI’s College Register, these institutions are located throughout the U.S. and usually attend NHI college fairs and admission workshops that give them one-on-one communication with NHI students. On different occasions some of these institutions go a step further. They realize the importance of placing young minds in environments that excite the possibilities of college and make higher education real in their lives.

In 2023, OLLU will provide a private, historic campus in one of America's oldest and booming cities. San Antonio is also just a stone's throw from many growing communities in the Hill County and on the way to South Texas and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. 

At the Texas Star Great Debate students will go through a journey at to improve their language skills and word management while working together to bring home the silver cup.  Coaches and trainers are expected from top institutions throughout the United States and Mexico. It will be led by some of NHI's most experienced communications experts.

We look forward to seeing you at the Texas Star Great Debate! Featuring Great Debate participants from: San Antonio, Cotulla, Judson, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, Seguin, Lockhart, New Braunfels, Laredo, Austin, Round Rock, Del Valle, the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, and communities throughout Northern and Central Mexico. 

About the Great Debate

NHI's Great Debate is a communications and leadership development program for ambitious and courageous young people. If you are or know a young person committed to making meaningful change in the world, and are driven toward building up our community, NHI and the Great Debate experience is a must.

For over three decades, first-year NHI members have come to harness the power of their voices and engage with perspective-changing ideas. The Great Debate makes up NHI’s first-year curriculum, offering a rigorous learning experience for high-achieving, high-ability 9th-grade youth who aspire to community and civic leadership roles in the future.

Who participates in the Great Debate

Recommended Backgrounds:

  • Current 9th grade high school students 
  • Students who seek to enroll in and graduate from a four-year college/university

  • Students who hold an 85/100 GPA or minimum of a 3.0/4.0

  • Students interested in increasing their knowledge of Latino/Hispanic/Latino cultures

  • Students who want to expand their peer network and receive mentorship

PLUS at least 2 of the following goals:

  • Students who aspire to be a community leader

  • Students who seek to strengthen their communication skills

  • Students who enjoy service and volunteerism

  • Students involved in extracurricular and/or enrichment programs

  • Students involved in: speech/debate, student council, volunteerism, honor society, Spanish club, Latino/Hispanic/Multicultural club, athletics, journalism

What is the timeline of the Great Debate?

  • Fall Semester: Submit an application
  • Fall Semester - End of Winter Break : Complete registration and prerequisite "mini courses"
  • Winter Break: Meet your orientation leader, and older NHI participant who will welcome you to NHI and introduce you to your orientation group
  • Beginning of New Year/Winter Semester: Officially join your local or community team and begin the journey in preparing for the debate
  • Summer: Compete in the Great Debate and gain the experience of a lifetime


What is included in the Great Debate tuition?

The registration amount for the 6-day Great Debate includes meals, housing, t-shirt, supplies, materials, and the full Great Debate leadership experience.  

  • A $25 non refundable application fee is required for NHI to review applications.
  • Once admitted, we will bill you for the first $150 non-refundable security deposit.
  • The final payment of $625 will be billed in a lump sum according to whether students applied under Early Admission, Regular Admission, or in Late Admission.  Any student wanting "payments" rather than a "lump sum" must contact and ask for a payment plan.

Refund policy is as follows:

Link to the main page for information

After successfully completing the program, students often reflect on the experience as a space where they felt free to express themselves, their ideas, and honed their skills. They felt culturally embraced, understood, and valued. At the Great Debate, they began to see themselves as playing a leadership role wherever life would take them, whether at home, in school, in a career, or in service to others. Most of all, they felt special in knowing that leadership is a life-long calling in which they will have a special role to play with NHI.

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