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Walt Whitman High School Speech & Debate Club

Welcome to the official website of the Walt Whitman High School Speech & Debate Team.

Based in Bethesda, MD, with around 100 plus active members, we are one of the nation's largest & most successful forensics squads. All Whitman students in all grades can participate, choosing among more than ten varieties of speech & debate on the national and local levels under the leadership of an experienced part-time staff. Whitman Speech & Debate is an independent, non-profit school club funded by team dues, donations & fundraisers. 

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.

Please see our page Event Descriptions page for more detailed information about the different events.​

If you have questions about the team please check out our FAQs​ or feel free to contact any of our Board Members.​