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Walt Whitman High School Speech & Debate Team
Who we are
We are a team of about 100 members. Team members are from all classes - freshmen through seniors. Any student is welcome to join and we have no cuts. We offer 3 types of Debate (Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum and Congressional) and a number of Speech events. Please see our page
page for more detailed information about the different events.
We are one of the most successful speech and debate teams in the country. Our students routinely win national tournaments. We hold the record in Lincoln Douglas debate for the most students qualified in one year to the Tournament of Champions, the national championship (10 students, in 2010). We won the Tournament of Champions in Public Forum debate in 2014 and again in 2015, and have had semifinalists in Lincoln Douglas three times since 2010. We won the NSDA ("Nats") tournament in Public Forum in 2015.
What we do
Students usually meet for practice on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. All practices are held at Whitman. During practices students work with coaches and other students. Many students choose to compete. Competing is not mandatory but is encouraged. There a monthly local tournaments run by
that many students attend especially those new to Speech and Debate. More experienced debators travel out of town for tournaments.
If you have questions about the team please
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or feel free to contact any of our
The Whitman Speech & Debate Team is a not-for-profit collaboration of parent volunteers, student team members, and coaches.
All funds raised go directly to team expenses.