Thank you for your interest in Speech and Debate!
What is Speech and Debate?
Speech and Debate is an extracurricular team that travels to state and (when qualified) national competitions throughout the academic year. Students can participate in an array of events, including (but not limited to)...
- Public Forum Debate: teams of two research a political topic of national or international importance and prepare to argue for and against both sides of the issue
- Impromptu Speaking: a student randomly selects a topic (famous quote, song lyric, trending meme) and has seven minutes to prepare and deliver a speech
- Dramatic Interpretation: a student performs a memorized dramatic monologue or acting scene as one or multiple characters
How long has Chalmette High School had a team?
The Chalmette High School Speech and Debate Team is entering its third year as a competitive team on the Louisiana and National Circuit. In our first active year, our senior Public Forum Debate team took 3rd place in the New Orleans City Championship, earning a spot at the CFL National Competition in Washington, D.C. In our second year, we quadrupled our membership, building the foundation for a well-established team. This year, our goal is continued growth and a return to national competition.
Why should I join?
Most Beneficial Extracurricular
Studies consistently show that participation in Speech & Debate benefits students in several key ways:
- Higher reading scores, GPA, and test scores even when compared to honor students
- Higher acceptance rates to top-tier colleges compared to other popular activities even without championship titles
- Better oral communication, which has been identified as the greatest skill gap among college freshmen
- Better critical thinking, research, and listening skills
- Greater content knowledge in AP classes
- Increased likelihood of earning advanced degrees and corporate or government leadership positions
Awards, Accolades, and NSDA Honor Society
There are several opportunities to earn awards and trophies at the local, state, and national level. Additionally, participation gives you the opportunity to join the National Speech and Debate Honor Society. With the NSDA Honor Society, you score points at every tournament you attend. These points increase your ranking among peers, earn you honor cords at graduation, and give you the opportunity to apply for national titles and scholarships.
Speech and Debate is a close-knit community. You spend a lot of time with your teammates and competitors around the state. Soon, every tournament is another opportunity to see friends and excel at doing something you enjoy.
National Competition Travel
Through hard work and dedication, you can earn a spot at national competition and travel to exciting cities around the country, such as Washington, D.C. or Chicago
How can I join?
Listen for speech and debate announcements during homeroom. Any motivated student can join by submitting a membership form and attending after school practices. For more information, you can contact Mrs. Guerrere at firstname.lastname@example.org or see her in Room 233.
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