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Speech and Debate is a class and club that is designed to prepare students for competitive speaking and debating. Its goal is to improve students’ skills in speaking, listening, composing, and reasoning through practical experiences and applications, especially during scheduled competitions.

Students will develop skills in Cross Examination, Public Forum, and Lincoln-Douglas debating as well as oral performances such as oral interpretations, extemporaneous speaking, congressional debating and speaking, and original oratories. Students become interested in current issues, develop sound critical thinking, and sharpen communication skills. They will acquire life-long skills for intelligently approaching controversial issues and clashes of opinion.

Students do not have to be in the class to be in the club or compete; however, it is highly recommended due to the skills needed to be successful in competition. In addition, students do not have to compete to be in the club or course.

Debate Officers

Varsity Debate Captain:
Michael Garza-Henderson

Varsity Oral Interp. Captain:
Jillian LeMaire

JV Debate Captain:
Isabela Johnston

JV Oral Interp. Captain:
Victoria Mellon

Bobby Serda & Aalana James

Roy Sendejas

Daniela Gonzales

Recreations Officer:
Christa Fowler


The Speech and Debate team is sponsored by Mrs. Graves.

Students compete at the 2018 UIL 23-5A Speech and Debate Contest.

The TCHS Speech and Debate Team competed over the weekend in the 23-5A UIL Contest and the results are as follows:

Lincoln Douglas Debate quarter-finalist

  • Jaeden Johnson, 12th grade
  • Bobby Serda, 11th grade
  • Michael Henderson, 11th grade

2nd place Top Speaker

  • Jaeden Johnson, 12th grade

Third-place Top Speaker

  • Bobby Serda, 11 grade

Current event second-place team

  • Miguel Delgado, 12th grade
  • Nick Lucero, 11th grade
  • Brandon Collier, 10th grade
  • Cameron Drinkwater, 11th grade

Current Events 4th place Finalist

  • Miguel Delgado, 12th grade

3rd place Poetry Interpretation, Advancing to Region

  • Chloe Penton, 12th grade

1st place prose interpretation, Advancing to Region

  • Bailey Povse, 12th grade