Speech and Debate

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    Jackson High School Speech and Debate!

    Directors of Forensics: Mr. Ben McGugin 
    Head Debate Coach: Ms. LaRinda Johnson
    Assistant Coach: Ms. Megan Rea
    Assistant Coach: Ms. Abby Henry
    Assistant Coach: Mr. Shaan Parikh
    Connect with us on Twitter (@JHS_speechndb8) and Instagram (@jhs_speechanddebate) !

    Mission Statement/Purpose: To prepare students to be successful in interscholastic speech and debate competition at local, state, and national levels. All students will be eligible for membership in the National Speech and Debate Association if they compete regularly and maintain high academic standards.

    Selling Points: Are you a competitive individual looking for a new challenge? Speech and Debate is a unique activity that prepares today's students for the real challenges of tomorrow by offering opportunities to build skills in writing, performance, and persuasion. Enhance the research, writing, and speaking skills necessary to excel in the classroom and in the workforce. Compete for one of Ohio's top programs and gain the attention of colleges and universities from around the country for academics AND performance.

    Goals/Requirements: Members are required to attend team and individual practices for a minimum of 2 hours a week. Students are required to meet team expectations and requirements to be an active member who is able to compete at tournaments. Tournaments are held each Saturday from the end of October to January. District competition begins in February and the State Finals are held every year the first weekend in March. We also travel to overnight tournaments a few times during the season.

    Dues/Fees: A fee of $100.00 paid to Jackson Local Schools is required to become an active member of the team. All fees must be paid and proper forms submitted before any student will be permitted to practice after school or compete at weekly tournaments. This is NOT a fee that is inclusive of additional sports or clubs offered at the high school. There will be fundraisers sponsored by the Booster Club. Team members are required to meet established fundraising levels in order to participate in weekly tournaments. Students are also required to pay for overnight tournament fees.