Speech and Debate team ranked in the top 10% nationwide

October 21, 2019
Speech and Debate team

The Stillwater Area High School speech and debate program is being nationally recognized once again. The team has been ranked among the top 10 percent of schools nationwide. The team was named to the National Speech & Debate Association’s prestigious 100 Club based on competitive and service related activities. The honor recognizes Stillwater’s outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills including communication, research, listening, writing and organization.

Speech and debate teaches students essential life skills, including communication, research, listening, writing and organization. Each event features a different form of public speaking and requires a unique skill set and talent.

Speech involves a presentation by one, two, or sometimes a group of students that is judged against a similar type of presentation by others in a round of competition. Speech events range from limited preparation events that require extensive knowledge of current events to dramatic and humorous interpretation, which challenge students to find powerful moments in literature and recreate them for an audience.

Debate involves an individual or a team of debaters working to effectively convince a judge that his or her side of a resolution is, as a general principle, more valid. Students in debate come to thoroughly understand both sides of the resolution, having researched each extensively, and learn to think critically about every argument that could be made on each side.