SPEECH & DEBATE TEAM

  • Speech and Debate teaches students how to structure and defend arguments with up-to-date research, how to analyze and interpret literature, and how to use vocal variety and physical mechanics to effectively communicate their messages.

    The state and national qualifying SHS Speech and Debate team is open to students in grades nine through twelve seeking to improve and master skills of oration and argumentation through the numerous forensic events that are offered. These talented, motivated students travel across the state of Ohio to various regional tournaments in order to prepare for the state qualifying district tournament, the state tournament, the National Speech & Debate Association's National Tournament, and other nationally recognized tournaments, such as The Yale Invitational and The University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions.

    As one of the 60 National Speech & Debate leagues, the Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL) has 13 competitive categories in order to allow students to experiment with different speaking styles. From on-the-spot Extemporaneous Speaking to acting out tragedies in Dramatic Interpretation to philosophical Lincoln-Douglas Debate, this competitive team gives high school students the chance to step out of their comfort zone and discover the orator within.

    Each member of the team is required to attend a minimum of seven regional tournaments and the state qualifying tournament. Tournaments are effective and essential in improving speaking skills, sharpening argumentative reasoning, and garnering a reputation amongst competitors in the various districts. Schools host tournaments every Saturday from November through January to help students hone their skills. Generally, a competitor will compete in four rounds and are ranked from first to last, giving the speaker several chances to prove his or her merit and win at the tournament.

    Advisor Name: Dan Ceci

    Advisor E-maildanielceci@solonboe.org