Speech and Debate

Message from the Speech and Debate Coach

 
Since its inception in 2004, the ICS Debate team has consistently taken top honors at the State tournament with numerous State Champions in every category. Students have also qualified for the prestigious National Speech and Debate National Tournament seven out of ten years of the team's existence. When asked about Intermountain Christian School's performance at the Standford Debate tournament, the Tournament Director replied, "Small team, brings a few kids every year; and almost every kid breaks finals."

Ask an ICS debater about it? They will tell you the team is their family. "Trophies gather dust," said Team Captain Michelle Kfoury, "but the memories I made with the team are some of my best in high school."

"I learned how to think and how to write in this class," says current TCU Journalism major Hayes Clement. "Coach Croswhite helped me be the writer I am today."

Katherine Brown, Extemporaneous Speaking State Champion 2014, summed it up this way, "Everyone should be required to take this class, not just because of the incredible things you learn, but it's fun!"

Jacqueline Croswhite
Intermountain Christian School
Speech and Debate Coach
Email: croswhite_j@slcics.org

Overview

Available to 9th-12th graders, Speech and Debate is a competitive course for students who desire to learn higher level critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills. Students will learn philosophical and factual debate along with spontaneous argumentation, oratory, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking. This is a great class for students who have a flare for the dramatic and an interest in public speaking from politics to teaching and beyond. It is a skill that will carry you throughout college and benefit you greatly in life, not to mention, it is great fun.

Speech and Debate is an important part of fulfilling the goals of ICS in that it enables students in their ability to logically think through and discuss controversial issues. These skills are important for Christians when discussing Biblical truth with others.

 
The 2015-2016 ICS Debate Team placed 2nd in State by a very slim margin. We are excited for how God used the team to glorify his name and to witness to those teams with which we interacted during the debate season.