For the 2020 season, Early Scholars Speech & Debate in cooperation with the National Speech & Debate Association will host a Big Questions Tournament on May 30th, 2020.
This year’s Big Question is a dive into the world of philosophical thinking. In two vs. two rounds, debaters will address the deeply held beliefs that often go unexamined. Students will explore whether “objective morality exists” as they engage in rebuttal and refutation, and participate in a question period.
We have a single goal: to help students become real, effective world communicators; to persuasively express their ideas and successfully navigate interpersonal relationships. The common adage, “It’s not what you say, but it’s how you say it,” couldn’t be more true! We keep that in mind during the competitive debate offseason, helping our students expand their speech-delivery skills while simultaneously building on existing competencies. We do this by exploring events that involve public speaking performances and presentations.
Innovation/Business Pitch Competition (2019 season)
Through storytelling, students pitched marketable solutions to everyday issues. They learned to hone their message through developing Value Propositions, Market Size, Competitive Strategy, and Financial Models. This learning session culminated in competitions in June & August 2019.
Theatrical Speech Event: (2019-2020 season)
We merge elements of theater, and extemporaneous and impromptu speech, to help our students learn to confidently deliver information while having tons of fun.
Throughout the year, the debate team will participate in monthly local competitions. These will culminate in city and state championships hosted by regional debate leagues.
In preparation for middle school regional and national competitions, students compete against local debaters in the parliamentary style. These tournaments are geared towards our 2nd-4th grade parliamentary level debaters. It provides exposure to the competitive elements of speech and debate.