Senior Thesis Nights

Senior thesis night represents the culmination of a Liberty student's education—critical thinking, in-depth research skills, persuasive writing, and excellent presentation skills are all on display in this two hour event.

Each student will present a 10 minute persuasive speech on a morally controversial topic, followed by a challenging 10 minutes of defending their thesis by a panel of judges in front of a live audience.

You will leave with a greater appreciation of the type of education your child is receiving at Liberty...and how we are building the next generation of moral leaders to lead, serve, and inspire.

This is the capstone of a Liberty education that you won't want to miss!

Details

May 20 and 21, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Liberty Classical Academy
3878 Highland Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Cheesecake and Starbucks will be served this year. Please dress in your Sunday best.

Senior Topics

Monday, May 20, 2019

  1. Zahra Haidari: Same-Sex Marriage and its Role in Society
  2. Vitaly Brown: Systemic Racism in the United States
  3. Brooklyn Abell: The Option of Asylum for Illegal Immigrants
  4. Iain Anderson: Government, Family, and American Education

Panel of Judges - Monday

Judge 1

Justin Daeley

Justin Daeley teaches philosophy and theology at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Justin earned his PhD in philosophy from Middlesex University, London, England. He has published articles in academic journals like Sophia, Religious Studies, and Philosophia Christi. He is currently working on a book project entitled Why God Must Do What is Best: A Philosophical Investigation of Theistic Optimalism contracted with Bloomsbury Academic: New York.

Judge 2

Howard Root

Retired CEO of Vascular Solutions, started Vascular Solutions in 1997. Over its 20 years, Vascular Solutions created, developed and launched over 100 new medical devices that are used daily to improve the lives of patients suffering from cardiovascular disease, with over 650 employees and $1 billion in total sales. In 2011 the federal government threatened to destroy his company and put Howard behind bars. Howard's book is the quintessential tale of government overreach and the DOJ culture that distorts voluminous federal regulations to manufacture criminal charges against companies, officers and their employees. Cardiac Arrest http://cardiacarrestbook.com

Judge 3

Keith Dixon

Keith Dixon is the attorney at Dixon Engineering, Inc. He graduated from Hillsdale College with a major in history. He and his wife Jennica have three children at Liberty, Adelaide, Clarence Patrick, and Eloise.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

  1. Sage Johnson: Humanity’s Role in Climate Change
  2. Drew Harris: Marijuana Usage and Anxiety
  3. Talia Samuels: Gun Control, Self-Defense, and Government
  4. Ryan Grill: Birthright Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

Panel of Judges - Tuesday

Judge 1

Justin Daeley

Justin Daeley teaches philosophy and theology at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Justin earned his PhD in philosophy from Middlesex University, London, England. He has published articles in academic journals like Sophia, Religious Studies, and Philosophia Christi. He is currently working on a book project entitled Why God Must Do What is Best: A Philosophical Investigation of Theistic Optimalism contracted with Bloomsbury Academic: New York.

Judge 2

Renee Carlson

A former criminal prosecutor, Renee started Carlson Law, PLLC, to assist nonprofits, churches, private schools and small businesses. She is also a consultant and speaker on religious freedom, a Blackstone Legal Fellow, Allied Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, a founding board member of the North Star Law and Policy Center, and local counsel for Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey. A California native and UCLA grad, Renee enjoys spending time with her family, wakeboarding, and all things sports.

Judge 3

Anthony Sanders

Anthony Sanders is a Senior Attorney at the Institute for Justice Minnesota office (IJ-MN), which he joined in 2010. He litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases protecting economic liberty, private property, freedom of speech and other individual liberties in both federal and state courts across the country. He has published numerous opinion pieces in leading media outlets across the country, and scholarly articles in various law reviews. Anthony received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, his undergraduate degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A dual U.S. and U.K. citizen, Anthony grew up on the islands of Vashon in Washington State, and Alderney in the British Channel Islands. He and his wife Amy Hackbarth’s two children, Geneva and Everett, are currently finishing third grade and kindergarten at Liberty. In his free time Anthony is often found trying to read the Loeb Classical Library, although not the Latin and Greek bits, as he’s terrible at foreign languages.

A special thank you to the mentors and judges for your time, resources and support of our Liberty students!