Our speech program is designed to challenge young people to communicate truth with integrity and grace. Each event offers unique educational opportunities that promote critical thinking, research, literary analysis, and effective delivery.
After Dinner Speaking entertains with humor while communicating a theme relevant to a mock audience.
Digital Presentation informs or persuades the audience, accompanied by digital visual aids.
Informative explains a significant topic.
Persuasive influences the audience to consider a particular point of view or course of action.
Biblical Presentation develops one, two, or three selections of Scripture and presents the selection(s) with chosen visual aid(s).
Duo explores a published literature selection and is presented by a team of two competitors.
Open explores a published literature selection and is presented by one competitor.
LIMITED PREPARATION SPEECHES
Apologetics presents a well-reasoned defense and thoughtful application of basic tenets of the Christian faith.
Extemporaneous analyzes news and other sources to prepare an evidence-based speech on a current-events topic from a biblical worldview.
Impromptu presents a unique and meaningful speech on a topic drawn from abstract words, phrases, quotations, or table topics.
Our debate program is designed to challenge young people to communicate truth with integrity and grace. Each style offers unique educational opportunities that promote organizational skills, logical argumentation, respectful refutation, and effective delivery.
Lincoln-Douglas VALUE DEBATE
One debater affirms the resolution while another opposes or negates it, demonstrating a clash of competing but morally defensible values. This style of debate simulates the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.
The individual right to property ought to be valued above the economic interests of the community.
TEAM POLICY DEBATE
A team of two debaters proposes a specific plan to accomplish the goal stated in the resolution while another team of two debaters opposes the plan and/or the resolution. This form of debate simulates argumentation in a legislative body.
The United States Federal Government should significantly reform its import and/or export policy within the bounds of international trade.
A team of two debaters presents legal arguments to appeal the decision in a fictional court case while an opposing team of two students responds with legal arguments to defend the fictional decision. This form of debate is designed to simulate oral argument before an appellate court.