Belton Speech & Debate

One Squad, Many Voices

Week 1 - Blue Springs/Blue Springs South

Week one is in the books! We are off to a great start after a thrilling tournament. Varsity (advanced students) competed at Blue Springs South High School, while novice (first year students) got their first tournament done at Blue Springs High School. The tourney started off with a bang, literally! As we drove to the schools we got to pass by the Royals game Friday right as the starting line ups were getting introduced!

Both Novice and Varsity got off to a hot start with both divisions earning breaks to semi finals which take place on Saturday. Three novice entries and three varsity entries broke in speech events (breaking means they advanced in their events). Carter and Kayla made it to Semis in novice duo interp before being eliminated. The same is true for Julian who made Semi finals for USX, an event he took nationals last year which took place in Dallas, TX.

Click here if you want to know more about the events.

Making finals were five entries. Varsity member Jay advanced to finals in IX and finished in 3rd place, along with Rafael who took 2nd place in Prose Reading. Freshmen novice Bryce made it to super session in student congress along with Freshmen novice Sadie who were unable to place.

Our top finishers were Jay and Julian (The Js) who broke to quarter finals as the only 4-0 team earning them the top seed. They won Quarter finals on a 3-0 decision (this means there were three judges and they earned all their ballots). After quarters they competed as the Aff team and won on a 2-1 decision (this is a correction from remind). In finals the boys faced a great team from Truman HS and again debated as the Aff team. After an hour and forty-five minutes the boys won the tournament in Champ policy debate on a 3-0 decision!

We're off to a great start and are looking forward to a many more great tournaments and results this season!

Royals playoffs drive by!

Success isn't just winning

Success is defined as: the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.

Success isn’t just winning. This year we have already had many great instances of success. Already we’ve had our leaders organizing and running a successful car wash. We’ve had many students this past weekend successfully competing in their first tournament. We have students who have their own personal stories of overcoming a lot of fear of standing in front of someone and preforming. We’ve also as you can see above had some great early season success in competition as well.

Each of us has our own journey we’re on. It is important to recognize success on all levels from winning awards, to personal struggles in and out of rounds. Remember to set goals. Talk about these between parents and student, and encourage one another in reaching them. When success is found remember to also celebrate and enjoy it!

Taco Dinner Fundraiser

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 5:30pm

801 West North Avenue

Belton, MO

The speech and debate program is hosing our second fundraiser of the season. Students have been pre-selling tickets for an endless taco bar for this Thursday. Tickets are $5 and will be collected through Tuesday. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for the same price.