Debate Team

Purpose of the Activity

  • Learn to analyze, formulate, and present persuasive arguments. This team is an introduction to the fascinating world of high school congressional debate. Your participation will prepare you for public speaking, thinking under pressure, critical analysis, and eventually the Stevenson High School Debate team. The research debaters perform expands their minds and increases their understanding of multiple sides of important issues.

Tryout Procedures

  • Students must be registered on the RevTrak Web Store to participate on the Debate Team. While all students are welcome to join the Debate Team, students will be required to submit an application that explains their interest and commitment toward actively participating on the team. Make sure you have a permission to participate form on file with the club sponsor or coach otherwise you will not be able to participate. 

Number of Participants

  • The Debate Team has a maximum capacity.

Grade Level/s of Participants

  • Open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

Meeting Schedule and Location

    • Season: Year-round
    • Meeting Day: Wednesday
    • Time: 3:45 p.m.
    • Team meets on the following dates (some dates are subject to change):
      • Oct. 6 -- first meeting
      • Oct. 20 -- speech structure
      • Nov. 10 -- creating a contention
      • Dec. 1,8 -- building a strong contention and delivering it
      • Jan. 5,19 -- presentation skills
      • Feb 16-- practice for Daniel Wright tournament
      • March 2, 16 -- speech structure, connecting contentions
      • April 6 -- questions and answers, impromptu speaking, giving a three-minute speech
      • The tentative date for Stevenson Tournament is TBD

Competition Schedule

    • The DW team will participate in a practice debate. This debate will prepare speakers for the Stevenson Tournament.
    • Team members will compete against other junior high schools at Stevenson High School.

Student Attendance Guidelines

  • Students are required to attend all meetings in order to successfully prepare for the final tournament. The knowledge gained is cumulative throughout the school year; the bills and preparation will be done in class, however some outside research may need to take place in order to prepare for the tournaments. Due to the amount of information given during meetings, students who miss three meetings may be disqualified from the team due to lack of preparedness.

Specific Rules or Guidelines

  • School-appropriate behavior is required for all Debate team activities. Students must meet academic and behavior standards set for all co-curricular sports and activities in the handbook. Per the application, students will agree to the following: I understand that being a part of the debate team requires me to attend and adequately prepare for the tournaments. It is my responsibility to be an active participant and attend all meetings. Missing more than thre meetings may result in dismissal from the team.

Fundraising Plan if Applicable (Board policy 7:325)


    • Caroline Logan,
    • Athena Sotos,

Student Fees

  • To participate in the program students must pay a $25 participation fee using the RevTrak Web Store.