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Speech and Debate Club

What Is Speech and Debate?

Each event in speech and debate features a different form of public speaking and requires a unique skill set and talent. While students often develop a passion for specific event, many compete in multiple categories throughout the course of their academic careers.

Speech involves a presentation by one, two, or sometimes a group of students that is judged against a similar type of presentation by others in a round of competition. Speech events range from limited preparation events that require extensive knowledge of current events to dramatic and humorous interpretation, which challenge students to find powerful moments in literature and recreate them for an audience.

Debate involves an individual or a team of debaters working to effectively convince a judge that their side of a resolution is, as a general principle, more valid. Students in debate come to thoroughly understand both sides of the resolution, having researched each extensively, and learn to think critically about every argument that could be made on each side (Directly from speechanddebate.org)

Who can join: Anyone can join the Speech and Debate team!

How to join: Interested in joining? See Ms. Bauer in 3116 or email at kbauer5@bcps.org or Ms. Smith at bsmith23@bcps.org

Meetings: We meet every Wednesday from 2:30pm-3:15pm. Practice schedule is determined by student’s availability. We encourage students who are competing at an upcoming tournament to practice at least 2-3 times that week!

Sponsors: Ms. Bauer & Ms. Smith