Speech & Debate Team


Speech and debate is an academic activity that is challenging, competitive in nature, and requires regular practice, coaching, dedication and hard work. Speech and debate meets two times per week.

If you are interested in learning about Speech & Debate, please attend our Interest Meeting!

Date: September 30, 2019
Time: Lunch Time
Location: 5th grade class

Fall Speech & Debate Tournament
Dates: December 5, 2019 & December 6, 2019
Location: St. Philip the Apostle 1363 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA 91106

Spring Speech & Debate Tournament
Dates: April 1, 2020 & April 2, 2020
Location: St. Philip the Apostle 1363 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA 91106

Tournament Categories may include:

  • Duo Interpretation
  • Storytelling
  • Poetry
  • Creative Duo
  • Debate
  • Impromptu

The Case for Speech and Debate

Speech and debate activities focus on the four core zones of literacy: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Utilizing these skills inside and outside of the classroom teaches students the value of critical thinking, the ability to clearly articulate thoughts and ideas, to answer questions logically with clarity, and to think on one’s feet. Additionally, students develop interpersonal skills such as conflict resolution, assertiveness, and listening to peers. These important life skills empower youth to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society.

Outstanding Speech & Debate Team Alumni!
2014 National Finalist in Storytelling, Issac Martinez and 2015/2016 National Semi-finalist in Dramatic Interpretation and Storytelling, Catherine Bauer.

Katy Bauer