John Mark Porter has spent the last 8 years involved in the NCFCA debate league as both a student and a coach. In addition to placing highly at a number of competitions and receiving several speaker awards, John Mark qualified to compete at the regional and national level championships on several occasions. He is the head coach of Arx Axiom debate society in Columbia, SC where he has led since graduating high school. As a college student, John Mark attends the Honors College at the University of South Carolina pursuing a degree in Accounting and minoring in Counselor Education. He is the President of the Students for Life chapter on campus, President of the Honors Accounting Fraternity, and highly involved in CRU and RUF – two campus ministries. Through Classical Conversations, John Mark has spent the last three summers teaching practicum camps covering Geography & Drawing, Science, Debate, and History. Since last summer John Mark has worked as a Senate Page at the State House where he conducts legislative research and acts as an aid to several Senators. He also has worked as an Auditor at the South Carolina Office of the State Auditor where he inspected the financial and internal control systems of numerous state agencies.