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Two person teams debate a yearly resolution of national policy, such as transportation infrastructure or engagement with Latin America. Teams debate both sides of the topic, proposing or negating specific policy options under the broad topic. The most intense Speech and Debate event.
A team event that advocates or rejects a position posed by the resolution. Intended to be a clash of logic, analysis, and evidence, prioritizing communication skills more than other debate events. Topics change monthly and range widely.
A one-on-one format centered around a question of philosophical value. Debaters prepare to affirm and negate topics every two months, upholding a societal value with a logical and philosophical case. Great if you are interested in philosophy or like to work independently.
a.k.a. Student Congress. Individuals compete within a group students from multiple schools simulating the US Congress. Students prepare legislation proposals, deliver speeches, and answer questions on each topic. A great place to start your Speech and Debate career!
In Duo Interpretation, two students memorize and perform a selection from a play or script, portraying multiple characters – without ever looking at or touching each other! Duos can be humorous or dramatic – ideally both.
In Dramatic Performance (DP), an individual student memorizes and performs a selection from a play or script, portraying one or many characters. DP can be humorous or dramatic – ideally both.
In Prose, students read from a novel or short story as the narrator, rather than playing characters. In Poetry, students read from a poem or collection of poems with a common author or theme. In both, students read from a manuscript. At some tournaments, individuals do BOTH Prose and Poetry (separately).
In Program Oral Interpretation (POI), students read from a manuscript that combines Drama, Poetry, and Prose around a common theme to make a cohesive point.
In Original Oratory (OO), students write and deliver a 10-minute persuasive speech, identifying a social problem and its consequences, and calling the audience to a personal action to solve the problem.
In Informative (INF), students write and deliver a 10-minute speech intended to educate, not advocate. Topics should be something generally unknown to the audience or a new take on a familiar topic. Visual aids are permitted.
In Extemporaneous Speaking, contestants receive 3 current events questions, choose one, and have 30 minutes to prepare and memorize a 7-minute speech answering the question. A challenging event – you must read the news!
In Declamation, available for 9th and 10th graders only, contestants deliver a 10 minute speech that was previously delivered by someone else. It is an interpretation, not an impersonation! You must find a speech that you can deliver as though it was your own.