DEBATE/FORENSICS

Director of Debate/Forensics: Joe Walberg

SPEECH/DEBATE/FORENSICS CLASSES

SPEECH

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course introduces the basics of speech communication through preparation, organization, imagination, and presentation. By preparing and delivering basic speeches, this class will allow the students to acquire speech awareness, technique, and confidence. Drama I, Debate or Forensics can be substituted for the Speech requirement. The speech requirement is waived for those students who take two or more years of Choir or Band.

NOVICE DEBATE

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Students who enroll in Novice Debate will learn to communicate effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences, develop critical thinking skills, and serve as an advocate in a democratic society. Students research a topic and prepare arguments for and against a resolution selected by the National Forensics League. Debate requires a minimum of FOUR WEEKENDS outside of class for competition, research, and other preparations. Our mission is to become critical thinkers and orators while keeping faith, one round at a time. Course fulfills speech requirement. 1st Semester only.

ADVANCE DEBATE

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Students who enroll in Advance Debate will learn to communicate effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences, develop critical thinking skills, and serve as an advocate in a democratic society. Students research a topic and prepare arguments for and against a resolution selected by the National Forensics League. Debate requires a minimum of FIVE WEEKENDS outside of class for competition, research and other preparations. Our mission is to become critical thinkers and orators while keeping faith, one round at a time. Course fulfills speech requirement. 1st semester only.

FORENSICS SPEECH - INCLUSIVE

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

The class covers fundamentals of oral interpretation, humorous interpretation, informative speaking, original oratory, extemporaneous speaking, Lincoln-Douglas debate prose, poetry, solo humorous and serious acting, and duo performance. Students enrolled will automatically become members of the team and are required to participate in four-weekend tournaments; they are usually held on Fridays and Saturdays. Forensics encourages Faith, Fun, and Friendship. This course fulfills Speech requirements. 2nd semester only

CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

Students have the option to form small ensembles to prepare music for KSHSSA Solo & Ensemble Festival and/or music for Mass. These ensembles meet during Thunder Block as well as some class time (March & April). Student formed ensembles include Flute Quartet, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Percussion Trio, Brass Band, Low Brass Ensemble and Brass Quintet.