Speech and Debate Club
Mapleton Public Schools Speech and Debate Team
As a member of the Denver Urban Debate League, Mapleton students have the opportunity to learn and achieve through competitive debate and speech activities. Students may participate in the following activities:
- Debate: Students learn how to argue, rebut arguments, research, and think quickly.
- Congress: Students write and persuasively argue legislation in a congressional chamber.
- Speech: Students can choose to participate in a variety of events. Impromptu (Responding immediately and quickly to a prompt), Drama (Performing a dramatic monologue or paired performance), Slam Poetry (Perform an original piece of poetry or verse), Informational Speaking (Present, demonstrate and inform the audience), Oratory (Pick a topic, create a speech, perform and impress the judges)
In 2015, Mapleton's Speech and Debate Team took home the League Champion trophy. Mapleton's top varsity debate team also attended the National Tournament in San Francisco. Alumni from Mapleton's speech and debate team are currently attending Stanford, MIT, Yale and other prestigious universities. In 2015, coach Josh Hirsch was named Coach of the Year. Current Mapleton Students have earned some of the highest honors in the debate league, including representing Denver at the national debate competition.
Who can participate?
The Speech and Debate Club is open to all Mapleton 9-12 grade students. It is never too late to join the club and students from all campuses are invited to attend.
All students are required to:
- Debaters meet with their partner or work on their own for 2-4 hours a week
- Attend practice weekly.
- Speakers will create their own material and practice together.
Debate practice is held every Monday and Friday from 4:00 - 5:30 PM in the Skyview Annex Building on the Skyview Main Campus.
Click here to view the schedule for the competitions. A more detailed schedule will follow.