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SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM

Advisor - Mr. Rischitelli

Speech and Debate is not a club but a nationally recognized team competing in debate, interpretive reading, performing arts and current events. The team competes in events such as Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry Reading, Impromptu Speaking, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate and many others. The SHS team has been in existence since the early 1900's and has been affiliated with the national honor society of debate and speech, the National Forensic League, since 1936. The motto of the National Forensic League is "Training Youth for Leadership". Competitive forensics allows students to develop communication, research and organizational skills to succeed in any chosen career. It also teaches teamwork, fosters self-confidence, poise and composure. The team practices on Tuesday nights. Individual work on one's own is required. Local tournaments are all day on Saturday and there are also several opportunities for travel to national tournaments. The season runs from September through June.

Email Marc Rischitelli for more information.