EHS Speech and Debate Club

  • Coach -  Justin Hoy
    Office: (802) 878-6982 ext. 106 | Cell: (802) 595-0191
    Email:  Justinhoyvt@gmail.com

    Debate Team Captains - Iris Hsiang and Justin Lee & Speech Captain - Fatima Khan.

    Speech and Debate Club Meetings - Thursdays- in C205 at 2:45-3:45pm

    EHS Speech & Debate Logo

    There are two main areas to participate in. Forensics & Public Forum Debate.

    Public Forum Debate is an oral communication advocacy exercise done with a partner.  Each team of two advocate either in favor of (PRO) or against (CON) a resolution by proposing three to four arguments supporting their position.  With these arguments laid out in opening speeches, each side chooses the most important arguments to defend or attack. Using skills in cross-examination and the introduction of evidence, the debaters clarify, extend their own points,and expose weaknesses and/or contradictions in the opposition’s arguments.  Through a series of constructive and rebuttal speeches, the PRO and CON sides will, in thirty-five minutes, seek to persuade a citizen judge of the merits of their position. Past topics have included: Resolved: Commercial airline pilots should be armed in the cockpit; Resolved: The death penalty should be abolished in America;  Resolved: That Congress should repeal the No Child Left Behind Act.

    The forensics (public speaking) events include eight activities.  They are the interpretation of prose, poetry, drama and duo interpretation, extemporaneous and impromptu speaking, original oratory,  A tournament competition includes three rounds where students present to a judge who then awards a rank as well as points to each speaker which determines the top speakers in each category as well as the top teams.

    In prose, poetry and drama, the students select a piece from an established, published author to recite, generally about three to five minutes in length.  

    Impromptu Speaking requires the student to select a short, broad topic from everyday life and present a two to three minute speech after one minute of preparation.  

    Extemporaneous Speaking gives the student thirty minutes of preparation time to develop a five to seven minute speech on a topic of current national or international interest.  

    Original Oratory requires the student to write and memorize a six to eight minute persuasive speech directed at having the audience take action. Radio Announcing involves a three minute presentation of news, sports,weather and a thirty second student written commercial.

    2019-2020 VDFL Schedule

    Saturday, December 7, 2019            Debate and Forensics @ Colchester HS

    Saturday, December 14, 2019          OPEN? 

    Saturday, January 4, 2020               Debate and Forensics @ SBHS

    Saturday, January 11, 2020             Forensics & Debate (?) @ Woodstock

    Saturday, January 18, 2020             Debate @ Hartford

    Saturday, January 18, 2020             Forensics @ EHS 

    Friday, January 24, 2020                 Forensics @ Rutland HS

    Saturday, January 25, 2020             Debate @ Burlington High School

    Saturday, February 1, 2020             STATE FORENSICS TOURNAMENT @State House

    Saturday, February 8, 2020             NOVICE DEBATE @ Burr & Burton

    Saturday, March 7, 2020                 STATE DEBATE TOURNAMENT @ State House

    Friday-Saturday, March 20-21(?)     IROQUOIS DISTRICTS @Woodstock HS