National Speech and Debate Education Day

National Speech and Debate Education Day
Posted on 03/01/2019
FHS Debate Team and FHS Speech Team

March 1, 2019 is National Speech and Debate Education Day! This day was created by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) to recognize and celebrate the positive impact of speech and debate activities on students, schools, and communities. The NSDA is the largest interscholastic organization servicing middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. Each year more than 1.5 million speech and debate alumni celebrate speech and debate education nationwide.

“Speech and debate changes lives,” said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association. “From increased attendance to higher test scores and a rise in college acceptance, speech and debate prepares young people for college, the work force, and beyond.”

From local celebrations, to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C., the educational value of speech and debate will be celebrated near and far on March 1, 2019. In addition to special events and programs, thousands will share personal stories of how speech and debate changed their life on social media using the hashtag #WeAreSpeechAndDebate.

At Farmington High School we are celebrating National Speech and Debate Education Day by highlighting the accomplishments of our speech and debate teams. The 2018-2019 school year saw the first time Farmington has competed in debate at the Section tournament in 100 years. This year, students from Farmington debated the issue of immigration policy using the national policy debate resolution of Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States. Focusing on issues such as H1B visas, claims for asylum, and the implication of an open borders immigration policy, Farmington debaters earned success at a number of regional invitational tournaments. Highlights of the season included finishing as octafinalists at the JV/Novice State Debate tournament in the novice division, 1st, 2nd and 4th place finishes in the novice division at the UmBrooks Tournament hosted by the University of Minnesota and winning the novice division with a 1st place finish at the W.E Lillo Tournament hosted by Concordia College in Moorhead. Although the team is currently comprised of only nine members, they are looking forward to an exciting and successful junior varsity season in 2019. You can follow FHS Tiger Debate on twitter at @DebateTiger. Students on the speech team compete in one of 13 different speaking categories. Categories range from performance oriented to public address and even discussion. Throughout the season, students compete at Invitational Tournaments, Subsections, Sections, and State. Speech is a wonderful program where students compete as individuals but also as a team. Throughout the season, students grow in their knowledge of text analysis and interpretation, speaking skills and styles, and confidence in their ability to speak in front of a group. 
"So far this year, Farmington High School’s speech team has been doing quite well. Although we are mostly a novice team (it’s been a rebuilding year), we just took 1st place in the medium school division at our Invitational at Red Wing this past Saturday February 23rd," said Sarah Stout, FHS Speech Team Advisor.
Congrats to all the District 192 students who take part in speech and debate activities each year for getting involved and growing your skills set. Way to go, Tigers!

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