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Speech & Debate Program

Broken Arrow Public Schools' speech and debate program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in today’s global information age. Speech and debate encompass many disciplines in the academic world, equipping students with the necessary tools to speak and converse with confidence when entering the collegiate world and workforce.

Various debate formats include congressional, public forums, Lincoln-Douglas and more. Debate topics for students range from education and foreign policy to social issues and economic situations. Debate students learn how to make compelling arguments, research, speak in public and refute arguments.

Competitive speech uses various performance styles to enhance one’s diction and poise, including monologues, humorous and dramatic interpretations, poetry, pose and more. A competitive speech and debate team is available for students who are interested in representing their school on state and national levels.

Students in grades 9-12 can compete as part of the debate team or speech team through classes that meet every day at the high school or as a part of the speech and debate club that meet Tuesday and Thursday.

Eighth graders have the opportunity to learn speech and debate and compete through Saturday Speech & Debate Academy.

For more information about BAPS' speech and debate program, please contact Robert Walters at rwalters@baschools.org or visit his teacher website.