Woodcreek Speech and Debate

  • Message from your 2023-2024 Captains: 

    We're so proud of everything our team accomplished last season! In addition to our sixteen qualifying pieces, seniors Brooke Catich, Josie DeMartino, Ella Johnson, Trinity McEwen, Nia Sanders, and Kaci Thornton received the President's Award, acknowledging four years of excellence in forensics competition. We also achieved the highest honor bestowed by the Capitol Valley Forensic League, earning four all-league awards - a.k.a. "Orator's Cup." Speech All-League recipients included Nia Sanders, Kaci Thornton, and Chloe Van Leerdam. Debate All-League went to Nia Sanders. Yes, Nia earned a spot on both dream teams, which achieved a significant milestone for our program. She is the first competitor to receive FOUR cups – two last season and again this year! We finished the league with 148 awards and took second place in Oratorical Interpretation at the 2023 state championships! 

    We want to extend a big thank you to all the families and friends who have supported us along the way. 

    Please join us for the Mira Loma High School debate opener on September 23, 2023. Admission is free!


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Join Speech & Debate!

  • Who are we?

    To be on the team, competitors must be enrolled in the fall course, known as Speech and Debate 2 (In the spring, we become an after-school program). This class is designed to offer direct instruction in competitive speech and debate events. The variety of competition offerings allows for students with diverse interests/skills to discover the events with which they are compatible. 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. (S&D 2 satisfies UC/CSU g-elective)


    Contact Information:

    For more information, please feel free to contact any of us!


    Melisa Elko, Coach


    (916)-771-6565 (ext. 435)

    Quinn Hennessy, co-captain


    Chloe Van Leerdam, co-captain



    Getting Involved:

    Whether you're a competitor, judge, or prospective team member, we've got you covered! Located on the lefthand side of this webpage are tabs including information about Upcoming Events, Competing, Judging, Photos, and more!


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