Eastside Catholic High School students get involved in debate

November 27, 2012

By Shreya Tewari

Shreya Tewari
Eastside Catholic High School

Eastside Catholic High School has a large group of students politically involved in the thriving high school speech and debate program.

One example is extemporaneous speaking, an impromptu event in which competitors compile research on a wide variety of topics and then are given a few political questions to choose from.

Competitors then have a few minutes to look through their general research and see if they can find information that applies to the questions. They are expected to deliver a polished, seven-minute speech answering a question. There are several students on the team that compete in this event.

Another event is student congress. The congress team is the largest event group in the EC program, with many students regularly participating.

Students are a part of a mock congress where they debate about a variety of real political topics. Each student congress team is assigned bills and resolutions to write, and then all of the proposals are compiled together for competitions. The students have to research and write briefs in preparation to discuss these issues.

This is a great way to be involved and learn a lot, and the team has continued to grow.

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