Mrs. Rudolph (English Department)
WHAT IS SPEECH & DEBATE?
“Similar to athletic sports, speech and debate activities are challenging, competitive in nature, and require regular practice, dedication, and hard work. Each event in S&D features a different form of public speaking and requires a unique skillset and talent. While students often develop a passion for specific events, many compete in multiple categories throughout the course of their academic careers.”
Speech involves 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.
--National Speech & Debate Association