Debate and Forensics
Description: Students in debate learn skills in the areas of speaking, thinking, organization, research, and writing. The debate team competes in tournaments around the city and state in different argumentative categories.
Requirements: All students in grades 9-12 are eligible.
Meetings and Events: Practice is held during the school day in the assigned beginning and advanced level classes. The class meets twice a week after school for team work-nights as well. Tournaments are held on Fridays and Saturdays.
Interesting Facts: Debate is about change. We are constantly engaged in a struggle to make our lives, our community, our country, our world, our future, a better one. We should never be satisfied with the way things are now-surely there is something in our lives that could be improved. Debate is that process which determines how change should come about. Debate attempts to justify changing the way we think and live. In the real world, debate occurs every day on the floor of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. Debate occurs at the United Nations, the faculty meetings at your school, and at your dining room table. The procedures for these debates may differ, but the process is the same-discussion that resolves an issue which will determine whether change is good or bad.
Forensics (Competitive Speech and Drama)
Sponsor: Carolyn Cook
Description: Forensics competes in speaking and acting. Events include duet acting, improvisation, oral interpretation, humorous and dramatic, original oratory, extemporaneous speaking, informative speaking, duo interpretation and mock trial.
Requirements: Must have taken or be currently enrolled in one of the following classes: Speech, Drama, Debate; or with a recommendation from an English teacher.
Meetings and Events: SECOND SEMESTER ONLY During school hours and some after school work nights.