Speech & Debate

HOME OF THE 2019 UIL STATE CHAMPION IN PROSE & 2019 NSDA NATIONAL CHAMPION IN BIG QUESTIONS DEBATE

Tasha K. Jones
Director of Speech & Debate
TJones@tmisd.us

Phone: (361) 903- 6700    ext. 3145
Instagram @tmhsforensics

Students won 1st - 4th place at District and advanced to Region.

The team advanced all the way to UIL State Quarter-Finals.

Students Jackie Zapata and Jace Allen advanced to the UIL State Meet. Catherine Covarrubiaz and Nathaniel Lombardo earned 4th and 5th place.

“Joining the Elite”

Did you know the following are just a few of the many famous people that participated on their school’s Speech & Debate team?

Oprah Winfrey                                      Bruce Springsteen
Adam Sandler                                       James Dean
Nelson Mandela                                   Antonin Scalia
Richard Nixon                                       Janet Reno
Josh Gad                                                Jennifer Garner

 

Speech and debate gives students the edge:

  • Speech and debate students have a significant edge in college admissions.

  • 99% of participants go to college and 90% continue on to graduate school.

  • Ivy league schools note Speech/Debate as #1 activity they look for when deciding admissions.

  • Underperforming students  show dramatic improvements through participation in speech and debate competitions.

  • Speech and debate participation provides real cognitive and behavioral outcomes in the following areas:

    • Improving reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills

    • Improving critical thinking skills

    • Fostering intellectual curiosity

    • Increasing motivation

    • Increasing engagement – both at-risk and gifted students engage more and act out as much as 50% less