Academics


Speech and Debate

ABOUT SPEECH AND DEBATE

Speech and Debate is one of three academic clubs offered at AMHS.

Sign up now for auditions at www.mittysd.com/join 

Team History

Formed during the 2011-2012 school year, the Archbishop Mitty High School Speech and Debate team has grown exponentially from its 20 member after-school club to an over 100 member team with an in-school class component. Since its inception, AMHS Speech and Debate has attracted significant interest as an educational and entertaining activity amongst its student body, drawing students from all departments and backgrounds at Mitty. Archbishop Mitty competes in one of the top Speech and Debate leagues in the country, the Coast Forensics League. In 2015 Archbishop Mitty's Speech and Debate program placed 5th in the State and top 10 in the Nation. In April 2016 they were named California State Champions, placing 1st at the State Tournament. Checkout team updates at our website

Who are we?

In speech and debate, students become members of the National Speech and Debate Association, a non-profit educational honor society that aims to foster public speaking and presentation skills. Students compete against fellow high school students in local, regional, and national competitions in several different events. The events range from fast-paced, academic debate, to quick-thinking impromptu events, to platform speeches advocating societal change, and theatrical interpretation events. At tournaments, students compete and have the opportunity to win trophies. More importantly, students learn important life lessons about leadership, teamwork, time management, persistency, humility, and confidence. These life lessons are even more rewarding than trophies, because they shine brighter and last longer.

Where do we compete?

Speech and Debate covers public speaking (speech) and argumentation (debate). There are a total of twelve individual events (IE), broken down into three categories: Original, Interpretive and Spontaneous events. There are a total of five debate events, consisting of either a single debater on each side, a team of two debaters on each side, or an individual debater within a larger group. A full list and explanation of all seventeen events can be found on our team web site

Achievements

2016

  • California State Tournament Sweepstakes, 1st place

2015

  • National Tournament Sweepstakes, Top 10, Outstanding Distinction
  • California State Tournament Sweepstakes, 5th place
  • Coast Forensic League National Qualifying Tournament, 11 student qualifiers
  • Coast Forensic League National Qualifying Tournament Sweepstakes, 2nd place 
  • Coast Forensics League Individual Events State Qualifying Tournament, 19 student qualifiers
  • Coast Forensics League Debate State Qualifying Tournament, 7 student qualifiers
  • Martin Luther King Invitational, Original Prose and Poetry Tournament Champion
  • Martin Luther King Invitational Sweepstakes, 3rd place
  • Berkeley Invitational, 3 Individual Event finalists
  • Berkeley Invitational, Congressional Debate 2nd place

2014

  • National Tournament Top 30, Original Oratory
  • California State Tournament Sweepstakes, 9th place
  • California State Tournament, 3 finalists (2nd place, Duo Interpretation)
  • Coast Forensics League National Qualifying Tournament, 5 student qualifiers 
  • Coast Forensics League State Qualifying Tournament, 15 student qualifiers
  • Coast Forensics League National Qualifying Tournament Sweepstakes, 3rd place
  • Coast Forensics League State Qualifying Tournament Sweepstakes, 3rd place
  • Stanford Invitational Individual Events Sweepstakes, 1st place
  • Martin Luther King Invitational, Thematic Interpretation Champion 
  • Colt Classic, Public Forum Tournament Champion

2013

  • National Forensics League Tournament, Congressional Debate, Semifinalist 
  • National Forensics League Qualifying Tournament, Congressional Debate, 2nd place
  • California State Tournament, Congressional Debate, Semifinalist
  • California State Tournament, Thematic Interpretation, Semifinalist
  • California State Qualifying Tournament, Impromptu Speaking, Semifinalist
  • California State Qualifying Tournament, Oratorical Interpretation, Semifinalist
  • California State Qualifying Tournament, Original Advocacy, Semifinalist
  • California State Qualifying Tournament, 4 State Qualifiers

2012

  • California State Tournament, Expository Speaking, 7th place
  • California State Tournament, Congressional Debate, Semifinalist
  • California State Qualifying Tournament, 4 State Qualifiers

    How can I join the team?

    Anyone interested in joining the Speech and Debate team is encouraged to audition for a spot. Sign up now at www.mittysd.com/joinPlease also stop by our table during Freshman Welcome Night, and come join us at our annual showcase on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kinkade theater. No ticket purchase required.

    I'm not at Mitty yet. How can I get involved?

    Make sure to keep up-to-date with the tournament calendars on the websites below, and our Mitty Speech and Debate website. You can always attend a tournament and watch competition rounds. You can also come to Mitty's annual Speech and Debate Showcase held in the Kinkade Theater, Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm. See you there!What links might be valuable to explore?

      CONTACT

      Ms. Karen Joshi
      Director of Speech and Debate

      Mr. Mark Woodhead
      Head Debate Coach