ISSN 1538-1080

Category: Best Practices in Forensics

A Case Study of a Southern California High School Speech & Debate Team

In 2005 I was introduced to the activity of speech and debate through a friend that was currently a member of both the speech and debate team and the theater program. As a self-described “theater geek,” my initial perceptions were skeptical that an activity necessitating debate would inform my understanding of what it meant to be a “good actor.” I simply could not comprehend the educative overlap between what appeared to be a rigorously academic center of speech and debate and the aesthetic center of theater. My misconceptions, however, met a swift demise.

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