KHS Debate
  • Speech and Interp Events

    Most speech and interp events will have between two and six competitors per round.  Judges rank these competitors.  Judges also leave helpful notes on ballots for each competitor.  

    Extemp Domestic and International

    Students are presented with a choice of three questions related to international or domestic current events and, in 30 minutes, prepare a seven-minute speech answering the selected question. Students may consult articles and evidence they gather prior to the contest, but may not use the Internet during preparation. 

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    Prose & Poetry

    Using a poetry, short story, parts of a novel, or other published work of prose, students provide an oral interpretation of a selection of materials. 

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    Dramatic Interp & Humorous Interp

    Using a play, short story, or other published work, students perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to ten minutes in length. With a spotlight on character development and depth, Dramatic Interpretation focuses on a student’s ability to convey emotion through the use of a dramatic text. Humorous Interpretation is designed to test a student’s comedic skills through script analysis, delivery, timing, and character development. 

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    Original Oratory

    Students deliver a self-written, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Limited in their ability to quote words directly, Original Oratory competitors craft an argument using evidence, logic, and emotional appeals.

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    Impromptu is a public speaking event where students have seven minutes to select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline the speech, and finally, deliver the speech. The speech is given without notes and uses an introduction, body, and conclusion. The speech can be light-hearted or serious. The speech can be based upon prompts that range from nursery rhymes, current events, celebrities, organizations, and more.

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