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Why Speech & Debate

Speech and debate gives students an 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.
  • Underperforming students show dramatic improvement 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

Speech and debate creates enduring transformation in teens, setting them on a path that can lead them in amazing new directions. 

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