What is Speech and Debate?
Speech and debate, often referred to as forensics, are educational activities that involve competitive public speaking and argumentation. They are typically practiced as extracurricular activities in schools, colleges, and universities, as well as in various competitive circuits and organizations.
Speech and debate encompass a wide range of communication skills, including:
The primary goal of speech and debate activities is to enhance participants' communication, critical thinking, research, and persuasion skills. These skills are valuable for academic and professional success, as they help individuals become more confident speakers, better listeners, and more effective advocates for their ideas. Competitions are typically organized on regional, state, and national levels, providing opportunities for participants to showcase their talents and receive recognition for their achievements.
What are the Benefits of Joining Your High School Speech and Debate Team?
Joining a speech and debate team in high school can offer numerous benefits for personal, academic, and professional development. Here are some of the key advantages:
Ultimately, joining a speech and debate team can provide a well-rounded and enriching high school experience, offering skills and experiences that extend far beyond the competition room and into various aspects of a person's life.
SBHS REGISTRATION FORMThe registration form for the 23-24 school year is ready. Students will need to complete this form before participating in activities and sports. Those groups that require sports physicals will also need to have an updated physical on file before participating in the program.
Sam Barlow Speech and Debate Practices 2023-24
Speech & Debate Practice: 2:45 - 4:00 PM
Speech & Debate Practice: 5:30 - 7:30 PM