Speech, Debate entries decrease due to snowstorm


The speech and debate team poses with the plaque recognizing their membership to the National Speech and Debate Association. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

Hannah Miller, In-depth Writer

Currently, Speech and Debate students are preparing for their upcoming national tournaments.

Michael Brown, Speech and Debate teacher, said that the NSDA tournaments, National District Speech and Debate qualifiers were on Mar. 1 and 2 at Millard North. If the team places in the top two, they qualify to go to the national tournament in Dallas Texas.

The Speech and Debate team have their NSAA district competition the following weekend after that, at Lincoln South West.

Originally, Speech and Debate had 15 entries for the NSDA National qualifiers. However, because of the weather, officials had to post pone the tournament. Now, Speech and Debate is down to four because the 11 other students have prior commitments.

For Speech and Debate, it was the first time they had a full entry until the snowstorm hit.

“So, our team has really grown, and we’ve been able to really prosper and be able to go from having like 2 entries to now having a full entry of 15,” said Brown.

Brown describes the Speech and Debate Team as a united team, because they help each other practice and are there to support each other.

“It’s really a great team family atmosphere that they create, so no matter what happens, there is always someone who will pick everyone else up,” Brown said.