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Debate Team

Debate Team
Debate Team is a highly competitive academic team with rigorous time commitments from students. The team will be made of roughly 30 students, last year there were over 100 applicants. Students will practice once per week (usually Wednesday) and then usually compete about once per month on either a Friday or Saturday. Churchill was the first San Juan Middle School to form a team!
Churchill routinely takes first or second at competitions and has established itself as a debate powerhouse for the region and state. Please stay tuned to BTV for more info about this year's season.


Coach: Mrs. Ray 
Debate Tryouts 2023-2024 Team:  September 18th – September 27th  

Tryouts for the Churchill Debate team will take place beginning Monday, September 18th and conclude by Wednesday, September 27th. Students will sign up in room F2 for the date they will try out.

 Tryouts Schedule:

Monday, 9/18, – 2:50 – 4:30

Tuesday, 9/19 – 2:50 – 4:30

Wednesday, 9/20 – 2:50 – 4:30

 Monday, 9/25, – 2:50 – 4:30

Tuesday, 9/26 – 2:50 – 4:30

Wednesday, 9/27 – 2:50 – 4:30

Due to conflicts with practice, preparation, and competitions, students who compete in Debate will not be able to compete on other academic teams, including Science Olympiad, Quiz Bowl, Science Bowl, and History Day.

Debate Tryouts

You will research and prepare an argumentative speech for ONE of the following debate topics, your choice. You will choose whether you are arguing on the proposition or opposition side of the argument.


1.    The U.S. government should provide wireless internet to everyone.

2.    School districts in the U.S. should adopt a 4-day school week.


You will argue the topic for 3 minutes in front of a judge. Here are some tips to keep in mind. While it is okay to use notes during your argument, be sure to tell us your information instead of reading it from a prepared speech. Be sure to cite evidence to support your argument. Judges look for how the speaker structures their narrative, their introduction and conclusion are persuasive, their arguments are easy to follow, with sources and evidence. Judges also look for good eye contact and style of delivery. Whether you choose the proposition or opposition, be passionate in your argument! Convince the judge that you are right!


The link below is a sample Public Forum (2-person team) debate.  While this debate is in-person, some of our debates may be virtual this year.

This link is a guide to public speaking.

Applications for tryouts may be picked up in room F2. The application is due to room F2 by Friday, September 15, at 3:00pm. Late applications will NOT be accepted. Students will sign up in room F2 for the day they will try out.

Please email Ms. Ray at if you have any questions.