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Club Name:  Debate Club

Club Description:
  Training to compete in local, state and national Debate Competitions

Meeting Times:   Debate Club will meet every Thursday from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. The Debate Club will meet on Wednesday, November 14th, in the library. 

Due to some recent changes in the organization, Officer Hudson and Ms. Bragg needs everyone who is committed to the Debate Team to talk to Officer Hudson ASAP. Everyone who is committed to attending all meetings and competitions (unless you have a legitimate excuse) needs to see Officer Hudson. We need an official list of committed debate members.

We will continue to meet on Wednesdays, we are just changing the location to the library so Officer Hudson can be a part of the meetings. All students who consider themselves a committed member of the Debate Team needs to let Officer Hudson know this by Friday, November 16th. If you have any questions please see Officer Hudson or Ms. Bragg.

Meeting Place:      Media Center (Library)

Membership:  Middle and High School

 Coaches:    Officer Cliff Hudson and Ms. Bragg


Debate State

Debate State
Some of the competition.....

Debate State
The moment you realize you have won!!!!!


Debate Team Places in Top Ten in State Competition
This past weekend, Emma Sherlin and Gowri Tumkr represented our UH Speech and Debate Team at the State Competition in Clarksville, TN. Emma and Gowri competed against schools from all over the state. There were almost 30 different debate teams they had to battle on both Friday and Saturday! We are so proud to announce that Gowri and Emma were awarded a plaque for reaching 8th place overall!!!! This is the first year our school has had a debate team AND entered this competition, which makes their stunning victory that much more Fantastic! Emma and Gowri are the 8th best debate team IN THE STATE. Just imagine what we as a school can achieve next year!

But we need YOUR help! Our speech and debate team needs more members! There are so many other events in Speech and Debate! Our school especially needs students who are interested in theater and drama, storytelling, radio broadcasting, and being a Mime...just to name a few of the other events besides debate that students participate in at these competitions. Please consider joining our team- as you can see we have so much potential for even greater conquests!

Any student interested should talk to Ms Bragg.

Once again, let's hear it for Gowri and Emma who showed up and showed out at the Debate State Competition!


Debate Team Winners

Debate Team Winners at Candy Cane Invitational
Congratulations to Gowri T. and Emma S., who won 5th place in the Public Forum Debate category at the Candy Cane Invitational competition at Sullivan East.  Ashor and Lilly won two of their four rounds during the Public Forum Debate as well! Our entire team defied their inexperience and were so successful!  This is an amazing accomplishment because the schools we competed against had many more people they brought with them, this is our school’s second time attending a competition, and this was Emma’s first time ever at a competition. Way to go, Bucs!

The Drama and Debate Club is currently accepting new members.  There will be a meeting on Thursday, December 7th, after school, in the library, until 3:30 p.m.  If you cannot attend this meeting, please see Ms. Bragg or Gowri Tumkur ASAP.  You can email Ms. Bragg at 

Topics include After-Dinner Speaking, Duet Acting, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Oral Interpretations of Dramatic Literature, Oral Interpretation of Humorous Literature, Oral Interpretation of Poetry Literature, Oral Interpretation of Prose Literature, Original Oratory, Pantomime, Public Forum Debate, Solo Acting, Storytelling, and Television Broadcasting.

Any Middle or High School student can join! 

Fore more information see:

Debate Team

Congratulations to our University School Debate Team who participated in the 30th Annual Chestnut Tree Invitational, held at Morristown West High School, on November 4th, 2017.

Our Bucs competed against ten different schools and scored very high for this being our first debate.

So proud of our Debating Bucs!


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