Starting in 2018, we are offering a district-wide competitive speech and debate program. Student who are currently in grades 6-12 are eligible to participate in our educational and competitive programs.
Speech and debate is an academic activity typically available to students in middle school, high school, and/or college. Similar to athletic sports, speech and debate activities are challenging, competitive in nature, and require regular practice, coaching, dedication, and hard work.
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 their 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. See the current topics our students are debating.
Students in grades 6th-12th in the following cities; Concord Pleasant Hill Walnut Creek Clayton Bay Point Martinez
Diablo Valley College 321 Golf Club Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Performing Arts Center-Classrooms
Monday or Tuesday afternoons/evenings Time TBA
General inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is the 2016-2017 Tournament Schedule open to all students.