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Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate is an academic program that is challenging, competitive in nature, and requires regular practice, coaching, dedication, and hard work.  High School students attend a variety of events and competitions.

Event Competitions

Students are presented with prompts related to societal, political, historic or popular culture and, in 20 minutes, prepare a five-minute speech responding to the prompt. Students may consult articles and evidence they gather prior to the contest, but may not use the Internet during preparation. The speech is delivered from memory and no notes are allowed.