Posted by: Staff | 10.18.2009

Speech Speaks

SARA RADIN ’11

When first hearing about the Speech Team, one of the thirty two clubs offered at Beaver this year, students often ask, “What is that?” The Speech Team offers practice in public speaking skills, performing, creativity, and much more through competitions in the National Forensics League. The National Forensics League is a Speech league where schools can compete against each other. Any school, private or public, is qualified to compete. These competitions are mainly held on the weekends for most of the day at local high schools. Each student participates in three rounds where they present their selected piece to a small group of about five other students and a judge. If their scores qualify them, the student can continue onto the next round. At the end of the day, they hold an award’s ceremony for individuals and schools with the highest scores. For the club’s second year, co-presidents Taylor Hayes ’12 and Amanda Healey ’12 made some changes, including weekly meetings and new goals. Taylor says, “Our biggest goal is to have the Beaver Speech Team well known within the school and in the Forensics League.” There are currently six people in Speech Team, and it is always looking for more.

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  1. Speech and debate is one of the most important things you can to as a high schooler to improve yourself. You learn to think logically, organize your thoughts, write clearly, and speak convincingly. Many articles and famous people, from JFK to many respected members of the academia, have credited part of their success to their participation in forensics. Anyone who is interested shouldn’t hesitate. It isn’t nerdy or wierd to join–in fact, debate is a social event, with just a little bit of work and a whole lot of reward. Don’t take it from me, take it from these people: http://compassioninpolitics.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/value-of-high-school-and-college-debate/


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