Speech & Debate
Since its inception, Saint James School’s forensics has been one of the most successful teams in the state, competing annually on a national level.
Forensics, also known as speech and debate, helps students develop skills in researching, thinking on their feet, and communicating at a high level. Participation in the program has been proven to build confidence, boost classroom performance, improve communication, and increase critical thinking skills to prepare students for college. These life skills are vital to a young person’s success in the future.
Students that show ability, discipline, and strong ethics and conduct will have a chance to compete at the regional and national level, potentially traveling to such places as Harvard University and Chicago in any given year. Additionally, we travel to numerous regional tournaments. A forensics course is offered as an academic elective for students in grades 9-12 and a 9-week term exploratory class for eighth grade.
1 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
7 NATIONAL FINALISTS