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Program Overview

  • Program Highlights:

    • Weekly competition opportunities at local, state, and national tournaments

    • Membership in the National Speech & Debate Honor Society

    • Opportunity to letter in Speech and Debate (i.e., Letterman Jacket)

    • A group of friends with which you’ll meet regularly on Monday through Thursday after school until 5 or 6pm

    • There is an Activity Fee to join, but fees can be reduced if parents/guardians are willing to serve as judges at tournaments (see Mr. Phillips for details)

      

    Awards and Scholarships:

    • Speech and debate students receive awards at local tournaments, UIL State, TFA State, NSDA Nationals, and various Tournament of Champions meets.

    • Students who advance to UIL State are eligible for college scholarships to Texas public universities through TILF.

     

    Speech/Debate Course Lineup:

       Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4

    Speech

    Debate

     Debate 1
    (Pre-AP)

    Debate 2
    (Pre-AP) 

     Debate 3
    (Pre-AP)

     Debate 4
    (Pre-AP)
    English Credit

       

    Public Speaking 1
    (Pre-AP)

    Public Speaking 2
    (Pre-AP)

    Public Speaking 3
    (Pre-AP)

    Oral
    Interp

    Oral Interp 1
    (Pre-AP)

    Oral Interp 2
    (Pre-AP)

    Oral Interp 3
    (Pre-AP)

    Oral Interp 4
    (Pre-AP)

    Other
    Courses
       

    SPCH 1311/
    SPCH 1321
    (Dual Credit/
    AP Weighting)

    SPCH 1311/
    SPCH 1321
    (Dual Credit/
    AP Weighting)

     

    What can I do to prepare for Debate 1?

    • Summer Speech & Debate Camp: Each year, the PHS Speech & Debate Team offers a summer debate camp to incoming students. The multi-day camp allows students to learn LD or PFD debate with an upperclassman lab leader and compete in a breaking LD or PFD tournament.

    • Lean about events/NSDA at www.speechanddebate.org/membership

     

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