Why Join?

  • COMPETITIVE SPEAKING PROMOTES SELF WORTH AND SELF-ESTEEM

    • Competitive speaking provides a specific opportunity for students to build confidence and acquire direct instruction in how to confidently express, modify, and justify an idea while receiving feedback from a variety of audiences. 

    • Competitive speech provides the opportunity for students to redefine themselves through expressing ideas and using the responses they receive as opportunity for revision. Competitive speech instruction provides them with the tools to improve their ideas and their presentation. 

    • The structured, systematic experiences of competitive speech build personal confidence in verbal and non-verbal communication. 

    • Competitive speech provides more opportunities to speak before a greater variety of audiences than any classroom could ever offer. The competitive speech environment is a simulation of real-world situations. Thus, students are successful in attacking the fears, which interrupt the ability to communicate. 

    • Competitive speech skills can be transferred to other content areas and serve as a lifelong foundation for success. The self-esteem developed through competitive speaking enhances skills that the participant will use in high school classrooms, in college, and in the world of work.


    COMPETITIVE SPEAKING PROMOTES ASSERTIVENESS AND PARTICIPATION

    • Competitive speaking provides a specific opportunity for students to discover that personal power and equality are achieved through individual endeavor. 

    • A democracy requires participation by its citizens for its survival. Competitive speaking enables students to change from passive spectators of democracy to active participants in it. 

    • In our emerging multicultural society, effective oral communication can take individuals from being "victims" of others' ideas to being participants, empowered as the architects of their own futures. Competitive speaking experiences are the ultimate way of developing that "effective oral communication."


    COMPETITIVE SPEAKING BUILDS POSITIVE SOCIETAL INTERACTION

    • Competitive speaking promotes the critical evaluation of ideas and allows students to build positive societal interactions through a variety of activities. 

    • Competitive speaking teaches students to use spoken language to demonstrate socio-cultural courtesies. Competitive speakers participate in work groups to accomplish immediate tasks and learn to interact with other competitors in both contest and social situations. Students generate and accept criticism, work for the good of teammates, and gain professional respect for others. 

    • Through events such as oratory, extemporaneous, and debate, students become aware of social problems and current issues. At the same time, through interpretive events, students increase their awareness and understanding of human diversity.


    COMPETITIVE SPEAKING DEVELOPS ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS

    • Competitive speaking systematically teaches the specific skills of delivery, content development, and audience analysis, enabling students to give effective oral presentation in school, workplace, and social environments. 

    • Competitive speech offers a unique opportunity to perfect delivery skills to a fine art. 

    • The immediacy of oral competitive speaking intensifies critical thinking and perfects the use of rhetorical devices. 

    • Successful competitive speaking demands that students understand and apply audience analysis.


    COMPETITIVE SPEAKING DEVELOPS LISTENING SKILLS

    • Competitive speaking teaches active listening. 

    • Competitive speaking demands skillful listening, enabling students to formulate appropriate responses to opposing arguments. 

    • Competitive speaking teaches students to listen courteously. 

    • Competitive speech students learn the benefits of listening to increase knowledge and deepen perspective in a wide variety of subjects.


    COMPETITIVE SPEAKING DEVELOPS ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY

    • Competitive speech teaches students to communicate responsibly in a competitive society. 

    • Competitive speakers learn to be honest with an audience and recognize dishonesty in others whose intent is to mislead. 

    • Competitive speakers demonstrate respect for others' ideas by crediting all quoted material.

How to Join

  • GBHS Speech and Debate is a cocurricular activity which requires enrollment in either Competitive Forensics or Competitive Debate during during the fall term.

    Whether you make an appointment with your counselor and ask them about signing up for one of these two classes or fill out the proper registration for your next year, joining the GBHS Speech and Debate team is something you certainly won't regret.