Batavia student to participate in leadership program

Edward Hoffman
Edward Hoffman, a homeschooled senior is joining 47 other high school students from across the country and around the world at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, Okla. to debate whether the 50 states should adopt a system of school choice for private and public primary and secondary schools.

The camp is being held from July 10 – 15 and will include a visit to the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum.

“We must teach young people from all walks of life how to be leaders, embrace problems and tackle complex issues head on,” Gen. Tommy Franks said. “Hoffman is a great example of what tomorrow’s leaders will be.”

Hoffman is a member of the National Forensics and Communications Association and has received several top speaker awards. He has also qualified for the Region Championship three times.

Four Star Debate: Developing Leaders with General Tommy Franks is hosted by the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and the Academy of Leadership & Liberty at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

During the program, students will be involved in strategic thinking, planning, communication and teamwork. Students will receive instruction from NCPA’s professional policy analysts, debate coaches and university debate students. Leadership development and communications will be taught by OC’s nationally recognized faculty, staff and academy contributors.

Participants from across the country and around the world will be paired as debate partners, allowing students of all backgrounds to wrestle with one of the most important public policy issues of our day. While in Oklahoma, the students will take excursions to the Oklahoma State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion to experience policymaking first-hand.

In addition to sharpening debate and leadership skills, and learning from top policy experts from around the globe, students will interact with world-renowned leaders, including Franks, the four-star general who commanded American and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with other high-profile leaders, including Dr. John C. Goodman, NCPA president, and Dr. Mike O’Neal, OC president.

The goals of the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum are to tell stories of leadership, introduce historical topics of national significance and encourage study and debate of key issues facing America. The Museum is located in Hobart, Okla. For more information, visit

With offices in Dallas and Washington, D.C., the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA’s goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. For more information, visit