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.  

Number of Participants

  • The Debate Team has a maximum capacity. The first 100 students that fill out the application and register on RevTrak will be accepted.

Grade Level/s of Participants

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

Meeting Schedule and Location

    • Season: October-April
    • Meeting Day: Debate meets twice a month on Wednesdays
    • Time: 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

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)


Student Fees

  • To participate in the program, families must pay a participation fee using the RevTrak Web Store. RevTrak will ONLY be open from September 21-30.