In Minnesota, competitive speech and debate at the local and state levels is made possible by parents from all over the state who volunteer their time during the season serving as teachers, coaches, judges, and tournament coordinators. These individuals are motivated by the desire to see students grow to be effective communicators in all areas of life, but the ultimate desire is that students grow to be effective communicators for Christ.
“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought answer every man.” Colossians 4:6
What do parents, coaches, and speakers say about competitive speech and debate?
“My friends and I laughed when I began competitive speech; I was the one who mumbled, panicked, and lost track during oral reports. God (in His) sovereignty led my mom to sign me up for a Speech Interpretation class. I would never have believed that I would love it so much! Speech has been invaluable to me, I see how God has used it in my life. I have...