Ballard Beavers Speech and Debate

The Ballard High School Speech and Debate Team is one of the most diverse speech and debate teams in the district. Join us Thursdays in Ms. Storey's room.

The Ballard High School Speech and Debate Team is one of the most diverse speech and debate teams in the district; offering all National Forensics League debate and speech events. We are the only completely paperless high school team in the State, and we've experienced tremendous growth and success so far.

Our team hopes to continue to make speech and debate a priority at Ballard, and we strongly believe in the power of forensics. The Debate Team is a place for people to express themselves, learn to communicate, and have their views heard. Many studies show that students who participate in debate in high school develop strong skills that in turn help them succeed in classes.

Meetings are held after school in Ms. Storey's classroom on Thursdays. Students may participate in Policy Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation and more.

[03/06/13]   Year book photo Thursday right after school in Ms. Hale's room! Be there

[09/26/12]   Meeting cancelled tomorrow due to professional development day. Enjoy your early dismissal and get some sun!

[09/20/12]   Meeting tomorrow in Ms. Hale's room (S115) at 2:30pm.


-Name Game Activity

-Review schedule for the Season

-Team Code of Conduct

-Flowing lecture and demo

-Demo Policy Debate

[09/16/12]   Meeting tomorrow in Ms. Hale's Classroom at 2:30pm. Check out and comment on the meeting agenda on our team google doc or look below.

9/17 Meeting
-Get to know you “name game” (Name, grade, why you joined debate, interesting fact)
-Mini Debates
-Introductions to Policy,LD,PuFo (for novices)
-Poster Making (for all other members) BRING YOUR POSTER MAKING MATERIALS!
-Policy work with Jared and Pat for practice debate on Thursday

I own one of these:

Person who gets the most speaker points (by percentage - in case they are using the 50 point LD ballots) receives the frisbee for the year (award to be passed on yearly :) ).

[09/10/12]   First Official Meeting Tomorrow!Ms. Hale's Classroom, 2:30pm. Be there or be square!

NDCA National Argument List - home

This week represents the beginning of the national circuit tournaments and the road to the Tournament of Champions. Competition at this level relies a lot on disclosing your arguments and LD and Policy debaters should be aware of the list, reading the list for ideas and evidence cites.

Those that plan on competing nationally should be prepared to disclose and list their case cites/tags. Disclosure promotes the education level of debate, overall. Most of the education in debate after the first two years comes from preparation prior to tournaments.

Ballard should lead by example (The PNW mostly does not disclose, which drastically hurts the national reputation of the area, particularly in the eyes of college debate programs) and be prepared to disclose if you hope/plan on competing nationally.

You'll also notice that the teams that do disclose in the area are almost always the best debaters in WA, LD or Policy. Steven Adler (MIHS LDer) broke the TOC bid record a few years ago. MIHS, SGS, and Ingraham have been the top policy teams in WA for the past decade. All have a policy of disclosure.

Simple point of fact: If you are so worried about your arguments/evidence that you are afraid to disclose, then your preparation has been too little, and you should find better arguments and evidence. Is this wiki worth $30 to you? Then support it by joining the NDCA.We are an all volunteer organization and pay for things like this wiki with membership support.


Other debate opportunities, this looks far more up the alley of a few of the BHS Speech and Debate Team. This also would allow you to network and seek help from your teachers and faculty, spreading the good that is debate and debate culture throughout the school. Bickel & Brewer is a law firm devoted exclusively to the resolution of high-stakes advocacy – matters that involve substantial dollar or business exposures, cutting-edge legal issues or significant policy questions.

10 Things I Want To Say To A Black Woman by Joshua Bennett

BHS Speech and Debate: Hopefully you are out recruiting your classmates and new young Fish (nickname for freshman we used at my high school :) ). You ought to focus on aspects of Speech and Debate that help students get admitted to college (namely, being an NFL member is equivalent to Sports Captain, being in the band, Acting lead in the play, and ASB President) :

Remember, you don't have to be a debater to join Speech and Debate! Actors, Actresses, prose, and poetry lovers are all welcome, too! We have an event (usually more than one) for them, too.

Speaking of poetry, below is one of my favorites from the past two years. I'd love to see more Slam interpretation, or a Slam event offered if Ballard hosts a tournament. Shot, Edited & Directed by Music by Jason "Spanky" Edwards & Nana Kwabena -- http://www.twitter.c...


Play on the hardest level. Post your results! Type To Shoot Game made with ImpactJS




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