Monday, May 24, 2021
Liberty Classical Academy Gymnasium
HOW THESIS NIGHT WORKS
Senior thesis night represents the culmination of a Liberty student's education—you will see critical thinking, in-depth research, persuasive writing, and excellent presentation skills on display during this two-hour event.
Each student presents a 10 minute persuasive speech on a morally controversial topic, followed by a challenging 10 minute defense of their thesis to 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 see first hand 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!
2021 SENIOR THESIS PRESENTATIONS
Ty Grehn - The Prison System's Broke
The prison system is a widely debated topic among politicians, intellects, and standard citizens alike. Almost 2.5 million Americans are in prison; this means that countless individuals and families are affected by prison. This thesis will argue that rehabilitation needs to be the primary focus of prison in addition to updating the current methods of rehabilitation.
Lydia Klarr - Rights and Reformation: Why School Choice is the Future of Education
School choice has become a hot topic the past year, since the Covid-19
pandemic has exposed more than a few holes in the public school system. With parents fleeing the system and private schools still more expensive than the average family can afford, it is time to rethink and reorganize education in the United States. This thesis will argue that the state of Minnesota, and any other state in the United States as well, should institute some form of a school choice program, for the sake of moral principle and conducting education as it ought to be done.
Jacob Martinez - Defend the Police
The debate over whether or not the police systems in the United States of America has been prevalent in society since the founding of the modern police forces. This thesis will argue that the current force of policing does not seek out the harm and killing of innocent people, but rather the protection and service of all to the best of their ability, this in turn means that this thesis is advocating for keeping police forces specifically the St. Paul Police Department.
Delia Tacheny - So You Say You're a Feminist?
Feminism has been a long-standing movement in history, but as culture has changed, modern Feminism has become defined by Marxist ideals, specifically that of Critical Theory. This thesis will argue that the Marxist-feminist agenda, popular in Western society today, should be rejected.
PANEL OF JUDGES
Mr. Brandon Carmack, J.D.
Brandon Carmack practices corporate litigation at Fafinski Mark and Johnson. He graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2020 and Hillsdale College in 2010 with a degree in political economy. More importantly, Brandon and his wife Jessica Carmack enjoy raising their two daughters, Madison and Eloise at their home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Brandon also serves on the board of Agamim Classical Academy and plays piano for Redeemer Bible Church’s worship team.
Mr. Howard Root
Howard Root is the retired Chief Executive Officer of Vascular Solutions, Inc., a company he founded in 1997, took public in 2000, and grew into a worldwide medical device company that he sold to Teleflex for $1 billion in February 2017. Over the company’s 20 years, Howard led Vascular Solutions in inventing, developing and launching over 100 new medical devices used to improve the lives of patients suffering from cardiovascular disease. The motivation behind the sale of Vascular Solutions and Howard’s voluntary early retirement is a true-life legal nightmare that is detailed in Howard’s book: Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit-List.
Dr. Justin Daeley
Justin Daeley teaches philosophy and theology at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul and is a father of children at Liberty Classical Academy. Justin earned his PhD in philosophy at Middlesex University, London, England. He has published articles in academic journals like Sophia, Religious Studies, and Philosophia Christi. He has a forthcoming book entitled Why God Must Do What is Best: A Philosophical Investigation of Theistic Optimism. Justin is currently researching questions related to the nature of forgiveness.
A special thank you to the mentors and judges for your time, resources and support of our Liberty students!