Thank you for your interest in Speech and Debate! The Speech and Debate Team is a new opportunity at Chalmette High School with outstanding potential. The goal of the speech and debate team is to attend all local tournaments throughout the season, gain a reputation as top competitors in the state, and teach students professional communication skills that will aid their success no matter the venture.
During the 2017-2018 school year, the team made great strides towards these goals by placing 1st in Public Forum Debate at Riverdale and 2nd in Public Forum Debate at Christ Episcopal. Our team also took 3rd place at the CFL City Championship in Public Forum. This placement qualified the team for national competition, and during Labor Day Weekend, our team traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National Catholic Forensic League Tournament.
The hard work and time commitment necessary to be successful in speech and debate pays dividends. A survey of students involved in competitive speaking cited the advantages received as: “improved oral communication skills, improved critical thinking skills, organization, research skills, improved writing skills, improved self-confidence, the capacity to think quickly, development of a sense of ethics and a sense of personal accomplishment.” Furthermore, studies of students involved in activities like speech and debate show improved GPAs, social skills, and future occupational success. Apart from the positive effect speech has on academic and occupational success, being part of a speech and debate team offers many students an invaluable sense of community, support, and friendship.
Anyone interested in learning more about speech and debate should speak with Mrs. Tessy Ables Guerrere. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students interested in joining the 2018-2019 Chalmette High School Speech & Debate Team must submit their membership form and interest survey at an after-school practice Tuesday, August 21 or Wednesday, August 23.