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
Phone: (361) 903- 6700 ext. 3145
“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 engagement – both at-risk and gifted students engage more and act out as much as 50% less