The debate team practices the art or study of formal debate; argumentation.
Students attend tournaments and showcase their skills in both team and individual events.
Debate involves students in researching a preselected topic and then trying to convince people of their position either for or against. Students must be able to argue both sides of an issue.
Students are more prepared to speak clearly during job interviews, demonstrate a professional presence, and clearly explain ideas and abilities.
Public speaking is a great skill to have in life. Debate develops excellent communication skills and teaches you to think on your feet.
Students say they love it because they learn to analyze issues and come up with solutions. They learnorganization and clarity, how to persuade and how to listen. Debate also teaches the techniques such as -- eye contact and effective gestures -- and teaches students poise, presence and confidence.
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"My Experience at the Berkeley Tournament in 2014
Joining the debate team has done so much for me as a person. I have been given opportunities to achieve goals that I had never ever conceived of. On the debate team, I have gained so many skills. One, I gained confidence in speaking in front of people. Secondly, I have learned how to argue a case in a professional manner. Thirdly, I have learned how to analyze information. Many of our packets of informations are 30 pages or more. Next, I have learned about awesome topics such as the Cuban Embargo, Ocean Clean Up and Aquaculture. It is the type of informations that is not normally taught so in depth or in a classroom.
Over the past year I have been able to grow so much as a person and watch my team grow as well. At the end of the day we are more than a team, we are a family. I was given a chance last year to attend the University of California in Berkeley for the national debate competition. It is an experience I will never forget. There were teams from all over the country and even an international team from China. During the seven road trip, we had so much fun bonding. It was my first trip to Northern California. I had just moved here from Florida and had never been out of Pasadena for the most part. The moment we arrived we went to the Golden Gate Bridge which was really cool.
The tournament started the next day. There were seven debate rounds , four on Saturday and three on Sunday.We started competing around nine in the morning and finished daily around 7 for two nights. It was a nerve racking challenge, but we completed all of the rounds. In the competition, we worked together in groups of twos. We lost some but the victory was the opportunity itself to compete.
Being on the college campus was a blessing. I was able to see a little of college life which was awesome because I am close to graduating. The campus was beautiful with so many nice people. Having my debate team there made it so much of a better experience.
I believe going to Berkeley and being a part of the debate team made me believe that I am good enough to compete in such a highly respected tournament. It made my Mom proud to know that I am a part of such a great team. I am proud of myself."