Competitive Speech and Debate Team

Speak to Impress and WIN!

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Participation on the Speech and Debate Team is an opportunity to make friends and travel to new places. Originally called ‘forensics,’ speech and debate events develop public speaking and interpretation skills. Both skill sets advance professional careers, community leadership, and personal goals.

Competitive events in public speaking include:

  • Informative
  • Persuasive
  • Extemporaneous
  • Impromptu
  • After-dinner speaking

Interpretation events include:

  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Dramatic interpretation
  • Dramatic duo
  • Program of interpretation

Finally, the team competes in international policy debate.

Some of the places the Speech and Debate Team has traveled to and teams it has competed with are

  • Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Hofstra University, Hampstead NY
  • Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale VA
  • Seton Hall, South Orange NJ
  • Westchester University, Westchester PA