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!

Monday, May 18
6:00 pm

Tuesday, May 19
6:00 pm

Senior Topics

Monday, May 18

Karsten Anderson - Hate Speech Laws

Hate speech should not be criminalized in the United States because such laws are unjustified, vague, subject to misapplication, and silence public discourse.

Graham Pelton - Universal Healthcare

The United States should not adopt universal healthcare because healthcare is not a human right, would raise healthcare costs, cause longer wait times, and create mortal risks with government shutdowns.

Gabriel Koska - US Legality and Ethics of Genetic Engineering

The United States should continue banning germline gene editing because it unethically infringes on individual rights, probably cause unhealthy social consequences which would further divide the nation, and the research methods themselves are immoral.

Jacob Fansler - Thorium Nuclear Energy

Thorium Nuclear Energy is our best source of energy because of its safety, affordability, and relatively small environmental footprint.


Tuesday, May 19

Landon Smith - Moral Considerations of Genetic Engineering

Somatic genetic engineering research should not be outlawed in the United States because of its immense health benefits, it is a moral activity, and the potential consequences are both unlikely and do not outweigh the benefits.

Jack Dobrotka - Mandatory National Service

Mandatory National Service should not be implemented in the United States because it contradicts founding American values, will not increase the character of America's youth, and would create economic disadvantages.

Levi Button - Social Media and Teen Health

Social media is more harmful than beneficial to teens' lives because of its highly addictive nature, causes psychological harm, and erodes teens' capacity for experiencing meaningful relationships.

Benjamin Horn - NCAA Rules on Amateurism

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) needs to abolish its rule on amateurism due to its ambiguous and manipulative usage, as well as the fact that it prevents the free-market from working, and lastly because the NCAA can afford to consider many of its athletes as workers.

Panel of Judges

Mr. Brandon Carmack, J.D.

Brandon Carmack graduated from Hillsdale College in 2010 where he majored in Political Economy and met his beautiful wife, Jessica. Just on May 17th, Brandon graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and will be working for Hellmuth and Johnson starting in August. Brandon and Jessica reside in Chanhassen and attend Redeemer Bible Church. Brandon has also been working with Redeemer to launch an apologetics podcast that will be coming very soon.

Dr. 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.

Mr. Timothy Tacheny, J.D.

Tim Tacheny is an attorney. He is currently General Counsel for the Minnesota Credit Union Network, which is the trade association for credit unions in Minnesota. Prior to this he was a civil litigator, primarily focused on business disputes. He graduated cum laude from then William Mitchell College of Law in 2012. Tim is a 1998 graduate of the University of Northwestern - St. Paul where he majored in International Business. He and his wife Shannon have three children at Liberty - Delia (junior), Hunter (7th) and Tessa (kindergarten).  They have been a part of the Liberty family since 2008, when Delia started kindergarten at LCA.

Mr. David Hann

David Hann is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Religion and did graduate study at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He volunteered for service in the U.S. Army while in college and served a tour in Vietnam.  After completing his education, he had a long career as a senior executive for a food manufacturing and distribution company.  He was elected to three terms on the Eden Prairie School Board and served four terms in the Minnesota State Senate. While in the Senate, he served on the Education Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Finance Committee and was the Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee. He was elected by his peers in his last term to serve as the Senate Minority Leader. He is currently the Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of Townships.


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