Welcome to The Villages High School Debate Team website!
The Villages High School Speech and Debate team is a co-educational extracurricular, non-profit organization founded to promote the activity of forensics on the high school level. Students of all levels compete in interpretative, improvisational, creative and debate-based events and compete with other students from around the country. The team will compete in the National Speech and Debate League, the governing arm of forensics for secondary education. For more information, please visit the official website at http://www.speechanddebate.org
In the debate club, we practice different skills that include debate formats, public speaking, acting, humor and other interests that comprise the forensic ideology. We participate in a forensics league within central Florida and attend competitions against many other schools, with similar student size, as ours. It's a great way to learn how to use language in many different situations, and have a good time addressing topical issues.
Team Description: Students work together to learn basic debating skills, researching and writing casework to compete in local, regional and national Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate tournaments. The team meets every Tuesday, with an additional day working on drills, to prepare for the weekend debate tournaments that run Saturdays, with many events beginning Fridays, and continuing into Saturday.
Lincoln-Douglas style debate which is a “values” debate, modeled on the structure of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. The focus of the debate is on the competing values inherent in a proposition, or resolve. Debaters present and argue either the affirmative or negative case on the resolution, which rotates every two months. The tournaments are on select Saturdays between September and March. Interested students can join anytime throughout the year to learn how to formally debate, and participate in debate events.
The Public Forum debate is a team activity, where two debaters work together to argue a topic of national importance in terms that a common person would understand. Although research is important to every debate event, Public Forum is a less formal and less research intensive format. The written and impromptu speeches allow for a varied debate format.
Both Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas debaters write cases for both the pro and con position on a topic of national importance framed as a proposition or resolution, however the styles for each vary. Whereas Public Forum debate is a team activity, Lincoln Douglas debates one-on-one. Public Forum, modeled on the CNN Crossfire program, relies on evidence in argumentation. Lincoln Douglas, modeled on the structure of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, focuses on arguing a position from a distinct value position, relying on case technique and logical argumentation. Both events provide skill building in public speaking, research, and writing.
Meeting Times: Thursdays from 2:45-3:30 in room 238 Please confirm meeting times with student representatives
Academic Advisor: Mrs. Smith
President: Christian Townsend Vice President: Sunny Liu Secratary: Sasha Aviles Treasurer: Christopher Gutierrez