St. Augustine High School Speech and Debate students are gearing up to host the annual St. Augustine High School Speech and Debate Tournament on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2.
The debate includes a total of 95 debate competitors from high schools around the region, as well as 37 judges, including judges from the Xavier University of Louisiana Speech and Debate Team. As hosts, the St. Augustine team will not compete. The team will serve as volunteers by setting up the campus, greeting guests, assisting the judges, and providing refreshments.
A list of the competing schools are below:
- Benjamin Franklin High School – New Orleans, LA
- Caldwell Parish High School – Columbia, LA
- Christ Episcopal School – Covington, LA
- Holy Cross High School – New Orleans, LA
- Isidore Newman High School, New Orleans, LA
- Mount Carmel Academy – New Orleans, LA
- Riverdale High School – Jefferson, LA
- South Jones Senior High School – Ellisville, MS
- St. Martin’s Episcopal School – Metairie, LA
- St. Mary’s Dominican – New Orleans, LA
- Thrive Academy – Baton Rouge, LA
“We are excited to host one of the region’s most comprehensive high school speech and debate tournaments,” said Rahman McGill, St. Augustine Speech and Debate Coach. “Continuing a proud tradition at St. Aug, speech and debate students see tangible benefits from participation while in school – confidence in speaking, improved writing, and the development of diverse perspectives.”
Tournament events include Extemporaneous Debate, a one-on-one format that consists of two students who argue a specified topic with limited preparation time.
The competition will also include Congressional Debate (House & Senate). A simulation of the U.S. legislative process, students generate a series of bills and resolutions for debate in Congressional Debate. Debaters alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting. An elected student serves as a presiding officer to ensure debate flows smoothly. Students are assessed on their research, argumentation, and delivery skills, as well as their knowledge and use of parliamentary procedure.
“The tournament is a wonderful opportunity to see local high school students doing wonderful things in a positive environment,” Kenneth A. St. Charles Ph.D., President and CEO of St. Augustine High School said. “These speech and debate activities provide life skills that are vital to a young person’s success in the future. If you are looking to see our future leaders, you’ll find them right here.”
Awards will be presented to event semi-finalists, finalists, and Sweepstakes McGill said. Tournament events will be held in the St. Augustine classrooms and the awards ceremony will be in the St. Augustine Dining Hall on Saturday evening.
Click here for the tournament schedule: Revised Schedule