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Speech and Debate Association

Speech and Debate Association at Park Christian School

Park Christian School gives students an opportunity to develop public speaking skills and confidence through participation in the Minnesota State High School League Speech Program (MSHSL) and as a member of the National Speech and Debate Association (formerly National Forensic League-NFL). These skills enable students to communicate Biblical truths from a Christian worldview.

The MSHSL offers thirteen competitive categories, ranging from public speaking to dramatic and humorous interpretation. Students, grades 7-12, meet with coaches during the week for practice and compete in weekly tournaments beginning at the end of January through April. Numerous Park students have advanced to the Section and State levels of competition, producing a state champion and state finalists. A full description of categories and rules can be obtained from the MSHSL website.

The National Speech and Debate Association, founded in 1925, is the nation's largest speech and debate honor society. Presently over 112,000 high school students and 5,000 coaches are active members. Alumni include President Lyndon B. Johnson and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. The NSDA allows Park Christian high school students to participate in two mock Congressional Debate Tournaments, with the opportunity to advance to the national tournament. The third NDSA activity is the National Qualifier Tournament, which includes events such as United States and International Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Dramatic, Duo, and Humorous Interpretation. Park Christian has earned charter membership status and competed in the national tournament. Students, grades 9-12, who advance to the national tournament, collectively take home more than $200,000 in college scholarships each year. More information is available through their website at speechanddebate.org.

The PCS Speech team is coached by Tracy Striker and Jeremy Nelson.