College Prep’s nationally ranked debate program teaches a variety of academic and personal skills, including public speaking, research, integrity, logic, writing, and teamwork. 
Debate introduces students to competitive speaking, analytic thinking, the basics of argumentation, and research. Students learn about the various types of debate and eventually specialize in one or more areas, typically either Lincoln Douglas Debate (about moral or philosophical topics), Public Forum (about current events), or Policy Debate (about big-picture policy issues). Students can also compete in Oratory, Parliamentary, Dramatic or Humorous Interpretation, or Domestic or Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking.

College Prep is consistently recognized as one of the top debate programs in the country and recently earned a Schools of Excellence award from the National Speech & Debate Association. In addition to the program’s success on the national stage, debate is prized for the camaraderie born of long weekends of competition and late nights in the library, the rush that comes from mastering a difficult challenge, the self-confidence developed through testing oneself, and the humility learned in listening to others.

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    Lexy Green 81

    Director of Forensics
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    Ian Beier 

    Debate Faculty
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Being on the debate team taught me how to think critically, organize my thoughts clearly, and present my ideas confidently. It also gave me the chance to become close friends with terrific people at College Prep and other schools.
The College Prep Speech and Debate Team receives generous support from the Julia Burke Memorial Endowment for Debate, established by Marilyn and Jerry Burke in memory of their daughter, Julia (class of 2000), an outstanding debater at College Prep. The income from this endowment is used to assist with the team's national debate travel expenses, making national circuit debate competition available for all participants.

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mens conscia recti

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