Speech and Debate Team (takes 2 periods) (12 to 18, Rebecca Moore)

Speech and Debate Team (takes 2 periods) (12 to 18, Rebecca Moore)

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SUMMARY

Speech club members may participate in one or both of the classes.

Club membership requires affiliation with at least one competitive league and a commitment to participate in a minimum of two tournaments during the school year.

The club is open to students ages 12-18.

There is no monthly tuition required for Speech Club.  However, there are other costs associated with competition*

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RC3 COMPETITIVE SPEECH CLUB 2017-18

(debate training will be added in 2018-19)

 

Speech club members may participate in one or both of the classes.

Club membership requires affiliation with at least one competitive league and a commitment to participate in a minimum of two tournaments during the school year.

The club is open to students ages 12-18.

There is no monthly tuition required for Speech Club.  However, there are other costs associated with competition*

 

WORLDVIEW/APOLOGETICS CLASS (first period):

Using a variety of Worldview curricula and resources, we will train students to answer the theological questions necessary to compete in Apologetics.  Through homework, research, and discussion, students will develop their card boxes as resources needed for successful competition.

In Apologetics competition, each student is given four minutes to prepare a six minute speech that defends a tenet of the Christian faith. The speaker’s goal is to craft a speech to reach those who are curious, not in agreement, or simply Biblically uninformed with persuasiveness and reasoning. Competitors will be motivated to study, articulate, and defend the core issues of their faith in a knowledgeable, sincere, and respectful manner.

Please note that Apologetics training is a multi-year process.  Younger and new students will not be required to compete their first year; they will, however, be required to watch Apologetics rounds during local competitions.

 

COMPETITIVE SPEECH TRAINING (second period):

Utilizing the competitive speech curriculum designed by the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), this class will introduce students to the wide variety of speech events offered by the NCFCA and Stoa leagues.  After an introduction to the most popular speech categories, we will assess the specific interests and needs of the club members and focus our training on those areas of interest.  As we near the tournament season in the spring, parent participation will be required.  Parents are required to serve as coaches (judges) as the students begin presenting their speeches.

 

To learn more about NCFCA speech events visit http://www.ncfca.org/what-we-do/speech-and-debate-competition/speech/.

To learn more about Stoa speech events visit http://stoausa.org/nitoc-events/.

For more information about the RC3 competitive speech club please email Rebecca Moore at rdm@geusnet.com.

An informational meeting will be held this summer for families interested in learning more about competitive speech and debate.

 

 

*Potential costs for the families associated with club membership and participation:

 

1. Coop family registration fee

 

2. Apologetics supplies:

Notecard box

Index notecards

Spiral Notebook or the like for note taking

Workbook (avg $35 - can find used)

 

3. Optional - books from recommended reading list (you can find some at the library‎ or half price books) for Apologetics.  Not everyone chooses to read all the books so the cost will vary per family.

 

4. Tournament attire - students are required to dress up in business attire for competition.

 

5. Tournament registration fees - families individually register for each tournament they want to attend. Costs will vary depending on how many events a student enters. It could range from $5 to $100. A good average is usually about $35.

Two tournaments per year are required. But some families choose to participate in many more. You could easily find one per week ‎during the spring semester if you wanted. The cost will greatly vary between families based on how many tournaments they attend.

 

6.  ‎Annual league affiliation fees. There are two leagues to choose from. We will discuss the differences at our orientation meeting. Some families choose just one. Other families choose to affiliate with both leagues. Right now, Stoa is $55 and NCFCA is $125 per family regardless of the number of children you have.

 

7. Tournament travel expenses - this varies greatly by family. Some families choose to do only local tournaments and therefore don't have travel expenses. Other families choose to participate in tournaments all over the state and in other states. That can get very costly depending on how many tournaments you do. Host housing is available for most tournaments but many families that travel choose to stay in a hotel which adds up quickly. This is completely optional, though. There will be enough local tournaments that you don't have to travel at all if you don't want to. The total cost will greatly vary between families based on how many tournaments they attend.

 

8.  Summer Camp – when we add debate next year, a debate summer camp will be required for anyone wanting to participate in debate.  There are a variety of local camps available, ranging from 2 to 4 days in length.  The average cost is $200.