Recent debaters join staff of area state rep

Diamond and Lyrock pose for a photoFormer Lee College students and Mendoza Debate Society alumni Kyle Diamond and Josh Lyrock have accepted professional positions as Legislative Analysts for Texas State Representative Mayes Middleton (HD23). Diamond and Lyrock, pictured here at the start of the 86th Texas Legislative Session on Jan. 9, will be assisting Rep. Middleton on a variety of issues including education, criminal justice reform, law enforcement, and various matters of concern for much of the Lee College Service Area in Texas District 23/Chambers County.

Diamond, a 2018 graduate in Social Science, was a two-time IPDA Varsity Debate National Champion (2016, 2018) and two time IPDA Team Division Debate National Champion (2016, 2017), as well as a two-time James Madison Cup Finalist (2016, 2017). Lyrock, a Computer Science major from 2015-2017, was an IPDA Team Division Debate National Champion in 2017 and a James Madison Cup Finalist in 2017.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit