Academic, Speech & Debate Team

Individual champions across many of the varied academic competitions included ready writing, spelling, chemistry, persuasive speaking, prose interpretation, and solo acting, demonstrating the deep and varied talents of the Academic team and coaches.


The speech and debate team competes in local Texas Forensics Association speech and debate tournaments throughout the year and in the TAPPS 6A state meet in the spring. The academic team competes in academic virtual challenge meets and Best of Texas meets during the year and in the TAPPS state meet in the spring.

Recent Successes


TAPPS 6A Overall Academic, Speech, and Debate State Champions

2018, 2019


TAPPS 6A Overall Academic, Speech, and Debate State Runner-Up

2015, 2016, 2017, 2024


TAPPS 5A Overall Academic, Speech, and Debate State 4th place



TAPPS 6A Speech & Debate Champions

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2024


Charter Chapter Status in the National Speech and Debate Association, as well as individual Academic All-Americans in 2017, 2018, and 2019

Individual qualifiers for the Texas Forensics Association (TFA) State Competition and National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) National Competition

Academic Team Competitive Opportunities: 

    • Advanced Math
    • Calculator Applications
    • Current Issues and Events
    • Literary Criticism
    • Mathematics
    • Number Sense
    • Ready Writing
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Spanish
    • Spelling
    • Yearbook

Speech and Debate Team Competitive Opportunities:

  • Speech
    • Original Oratory
    • Persuasive/Extemporaneous Speaking
    • Poetry Interpretation
    • Prose Interpretation
    • Solo Acting/Dramatic and Humorous Interpretation
    • Duo Acting
    • Duet Acting
    • Impromptu Speaking
    • Informative Speaking
  • Debate
    • Lincoln-Douglas
    • Student Congress
    • Public Forum
  • One Act Play Competition

Courses Offered:

Debate courses are curriculum within the English Department. Students can take these courses as in-depth studies in the art of debate and various speaking/acting styles. Debate courses are year-long courses that require competition at local tournaments and teacher approval/course audition.

  • Debate I
  • Debate II Honors
  • Debate III Honors
  • Debate IV Honors