The debate team meets after school (2:50-3:50 p.m.) every Tuesday in Ms. Chester’s classroom # 306. The Churchill Debate Team has been competing for four years (since the district instituted junior high debate). The team has competed in the state debate meet all four years, with many awards for district and state wins. The Churchill Debate Team focuses on Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate, and new this year, we have two speech categories: Extemporaneous speaking, and Oratory. Students who participate in debate are able to utilize reading, research, writing, speaking, and listening skills as they learn the art of argument. If you are interested in speech or debate, come check out the debate club!
Policy debate: A team debate where students research and debate a specific resolution. The students must prepare arguments for (affirmative) and against (negative) the resolution. This year the resolution is: be it resolved that the United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance in one or more of the following areas: drones, targeted profiling, and/or National Security meta-data.
Lincoln Douglas: This is an individual debate where the student researches and debates whether or not the resolution is moral. The student must prepare arguments for (affirmative) and against (negative) the resolution. This year the resolution is: A government ought not surveil its citizens.
Oratory: an original 7-minute memorized speech where the student chooses their topic based on their passions or interests, researches, writes, and preforms their speech.
Extemporaneous speaking: students prepare information on given topics and have 20 minutes at the tournament to prepare a 4-minute speech on the assigned current events. The topics that are the focus this year are: terrorism, energy, immigration, the 2016 presidential election, and the economy.