WHAT SPEECH & DEBATE CLASSES ARE OFFERED?
For the 2016-2017 school year, we will have four speech & debate classes.
1) Speech & Debate: Argumentative Research
Event Focus: Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Original Advocacy, and Oratorical Interpretation
2) Speech & Debate: Argumentative Theory
Event Focus: Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Original Advocacy, and Oratorical Interpretation
3) Speech & Debate: Interpretation & Performance
Event Focus: Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Original Prose & Poetry, and Thematic Interpretation
4) Speech & Debate: Composition & Performance
Event Focus: Original Oratory, Original Advocacy, Original Prose & Poetry, Expository Speaking, and Oratorical Interpretation
Click here to learn more about each event.
For prospective members: Do not worry about choosing your class yet. We will discuss what class works best for you at auditions.
What is the goal of the speech & debate classes?
These classes challenge students to become more confident in their own voice. Being a part of one of these classes- and therefore a member of the AMHS Speech and Debate team- helps students grow. They improve on important skill sets like public speaking, writing, research, and creative thinking. In addition to being coached on how to best prepare and advance competitively at tournaments, students will learn important life lessons about dedication, leadership, teamwork, time management, persistency, humility, and confidence. These life lessons are even more rewarding than trophies because they shine brighter and last longer.
1. Students will gain a deeper understanding behind the art of public speaking through learning a variety of oratorical techniques.
2. Students will become a member of the National Speech and Debate Association and will work towards achieving their code of honor by upholding the highest standards of integrity, humility, respect, leadership and service in the pursuit of excellence.
3. Students will become more comfortable presenting and performing in front of an audience, and will learn how to conduct themselves in an interactive setting and communicate with others effectively.
4. By completing the requirements necessary to pass this class, students will become more responsible, communicative, and confident in their own voice.
5. Through team bonding experiences, students will have the opportunity to build friendships with a very diverse group of people, teammates in all grade levels and activities throughout the school. In other words, they're going to have a lot of fun!
Check out our about us page to learn more.
Do I have to join the class to be on the team?
Yes, but you will not regret it!
How many competitive tournaments do we compete at?
The team competes at roughly 30 tournaments over the course of a school year. Team members are required to compete at a minimum of two tournaments per semester. Tournaments are on the weekends and students are given a tournament calendar the first week of class.
I heard my parents are required to judge at tournaments. Is that true?
Great question! Parent involvement is extremely important and parents often get the opportunity to judge at tournaments. Parents will get more information regarding judging once their child has been enrolled in the class.
what are the different ways you can compete in speech & debate?
Click here to learn more about all the different type of speech and debate events.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE TEAM?
You can now sign up for auditions to join the team in the 2018-2019 school year.