Academic, Speech & Debate Team

Concordia’s Academic, Speech, and Debate team continues to be leaders at the state level in 2018-19 as they secured back-to-back TAPPS 6A Overall State Championships, finishing almost 40 points ahead of the next team. As part of this accomplishment, Concordia’s Speech team won a 5th straight TAPPS 6A State Championship. 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


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



TAPPS 6A Speech Champions

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


TAPPS 6A Debate Champions



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 and Oral Interpretation are curriculum courses within the English Department. Students can take these courses as in-depth studies in the art of debate and various speaking/acting styles. Both debate and oral interpretation 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
  • Oral Interpretation I
  • Oral Interpretation II Honors
  • Oral Interpretation III Honors
  • Oral Interpretation IV Honors