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About Speech and Debate

Team Coach: Ms. Melissa Jacobson  

Contact E-mail:  mjacobson@materdei.org

Purpose: To prepare for and compete in speech and debate tournaments and other public speaking opportunities. Students earn recognition and are eligible for membership in the National Forensic League, the Honor Society of the National Speech and Debate Association.

Team fees: Fees include registration for at least three tournaments, debate research sources, script banks, news databases, team T shirts, NSDA membership, and other materials.

Please CLICK HERE to navigate to our online payment system.    

Team Practice: Wednesdays at 11 am or 2 pm (NSDA campus online or room 604)

AND at least one practice after school Monday-Thursday at 3:15 pm. (NSDA campus online or room 604)

 

Parents: If/When tournaments return to in-person format, parent volunteer support will be needed.

All tournaments during the first semester will be online. However, many of the competitions we usually attend have not yet posted their dates. Students must commit to compete at three tournaments during the school year and practices at least twice a week. At least one tournament must be hosted by Orange County Speech League.

 

SCHEDULE:  

Drop fees: If a student commits to attend a tournament and does not withdraw before the drop deadline, the student will be responsible for any registration and late fees charged.

 

Dates 2020-21

Name of Tournament

Location

October 17-18

Claremont Bargain Belt Invitational

online

October 24-25

OCSL Novice Tournament

online

November 7

Dia de Los Muertos

online

November 14-15

OCSL Fall Invitational

online

December ?

Fullerton Union Winter Classic

online

January-March

Poetry Out Loud

online

January 23-25

Peninsula Invitational

Palos Verdes ??

February 6-8

Wolfpack Invitational

Claremont High School ??

February

OCSL Spring Invitational

TBD

February

OCSL congress and debate qualifiers

TBD

March

Lions Club Speaker Contest

MDHS

March

OCSL speech qualifiers

TBD

April

Fullerton Union Spring Classic

Fullerton Union

April/May

CHSSA State Tournament

Online

                   

 

 

  Mater Dei Speech and Debate Finalists: Kevin Do, Natalie Lopez, Eric Hu, Katherine Cruz, and Matthew DeLong              f
Mater Dei Speech and Debate Finalists:
Kevin Do, Natalie Lopez, Eric Hu, Katherine Cruz,
and Matthew DeLong
Greater OC Lions Club Speaker Contest Winner:
Eric Hu!!