Do you enjoy speaking in front of others? Do you enjoy research and writing? Do you enjoy discussing topics with friends? If you responded yes to any of these questions, the Debate Team is for you. This year, the FPA debate program has taken a giant leap forward and has become recognized as a force to be reckoned with. You may be wondering, what debate is all about, or maybe you have seen a debate in a movie. Debate is more than the traditional arguing or discussing topics. Some contestants’ sing, perform comedy skits or act on stage. The following is a list of styles and events:
Styles of Debate:
- Parliamentary- this style emphasizes argumentation and rhetoric, rather than research and detailed factual knowledge.
- Public Forum- Because of its strong relevance to the real-world and ability to develop life skills, public forum debate has exploded in popularity since its introduction into high school debate by the National Forensic League
- Policy Debate- Policy debate is a form of speech competition in which teams of two advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government.
- Lincoln-Douglas Debate- LD, as it is referred to, is a style of debate were two speakers compete in a one on one competition of reasoning and cross examination.
- Original Oratory
- Dramatic Interpretation
- Humorous Interpretation
As you can see, debate offers a myriad of styles and events that will let you utilize your personal talents. Whether you enjoy working within a partnership or competing as an individual, we have a place for you on our team. One thing that many U.S. Presidents and corporate CEO’s have in common is that they competed for their school's debate teams. But if you still are not convinced that debate is for you, did I mention we travel to many college campuses across the country to compete. This year the Prep’s debate team has graduated from league competition and has moved on to the national circuit. We have competed at Cal Lutheran, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona University, Emory University in Georgia, and are preparing to travel to UC Berkley. So come out for the debate team and learn to express yourself.
-Contributed by Nick P., Class of 2016