Woodcreek Speech and Debate
Who are we?
To be on the team competitors must be enrolled in the fall course, known as Competitive Forensics (In the spring, we become an after-school program). This class is designed to offer direct instruction in competitive speech events and debate. The variety of competition offerings allows for students with diverse interests/skills to discover the events with which they are compatible. Students who take Competitive Forensics enjoy performing. This course is devoted to competition preparation and is structured according to speaking events officially recognized by the National Speech & Debate Association. Students do extensive research and are required to attend and participate in events held outside of school hours. This course is offered to freshmen through seniors. The competitive season runs August to April, and for those competing at Nationals, to June.
Speaker of the Tournament:
Speaker of the tournament is a highly sought after award granted to one team member in each block after each tournament. Each block votes for one individual who embodies coachability, positivity, drive, and a strong work ethic. For more information on previous recipients of this award, visit the blog page. Our two most recent Speakers of the Tournament both truly embody the amazing character of this team.
At our last fall debate tournament, Woodcreek brought home 26 awards!!! This brought our total number of awards to 142, and we’re only halfway through the season!
Our speaker of the tournament honoree for block 3 is going to an extremely confident, bubbly and determined individual. This person has worked hard all season, constantly asking for advice, perfecting her speeches and helping other members of the team choreograph and rehearse. She walks (or leaps) into class every day with a smile and an enthusiastic attitude, always ready to try new things. Her laughter is infectious and our classroom is brighter with her in it. This person has been very successful in speech and debate this year, breaking to finals in multiple events, as well as consistently receiving awards in debate - including this past tournament where she went undefeated! She is extremely driven, balancing a rigorous dance schedule, speech and debate along with all her regular school work. Her positivity and ambition are inspiring, and I know she’s going to continue to do amazing things! I’m proud to announce Cheyenne DeMille as our December 9th speaker of the tournament!
Submitted by Tate Blas, manager, block 3
For the speaker of the Tournament at Davis one person stood out among all the rest. Not only has this individual personally reached out to me, but she has reached out to multiple team members for assistance to ensure she performs to the best of her ability. Her work ethic has not only been admirable and consistent all season, it has shown through her many successes in multiple events. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm for her teammates truly personifies what we look for in Speaker of the Tournament. Without further ado, I proudly announce Helen Huang as Block 4’s Speaker of the Tournament.
Submitted by Robert Esty, manager, block 4
For more information, contact the team's coach, Mrs. Elko.
(916)-771-6565 (ext. 435)
WHS Season Calendar 2017-2018
Over winter break, Woodcreek’s speech and debate team attended the James Logan High School MLK Invitational. This is the largest high school invitational offered in the country. This year there were 78 schools with single events that had as many as 151 competitors! Despite the huge turnout and the stiff competition, I’m proud to announce we brought back 15 awards! Here are the results:
Julia Chin, Original Advocacy
Dylan Deen, Original Prose and Poetry
Sean Hellar, Impromptu Speaking
Helen Huang, Thematic Interpretation
Tommy Hubbard & Robert Esty, Duo Interpretation
Mark Mikityuk, Expository Speaking
Adithi Rao, Expos
Jonathan Davies, Expos
Amanda Simon, Expos
Dana Bell, Expository Speaking (There were 65 competitors in this event; Dana was one rank away from making it to finals.)
Sean Hellar, Triples, Lincoln-Douglas (His first time competing in this style of debate! J Plus, he was double-entered and made it to out-rounds in both events!)
Amy Sommercamp, Double-Octos, Lincoln Douglas
Morgan Lobotzke, Semis, Congress
Immanuel Lao, Semis, Congress
A HUGE thank you to Sara Ballantine who traveled with the team. Next to state, this is the longest/largest event we compete at so, for her to come away smiling and cracking jokes was monumental! WHAT A TROOPER!!! We’re thrilled to have her on board with us. J
Please help us to congratulate these kids!
Melisa & Sara