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The Seattle Academy Debate Team provides high school students with a highly competitive and rigorous elective and extracurricular program. Students who want to participate on the Debate Team are required to take a Debate elective as a course during their regular academic day. This allows students sufficient time to prepare and practice for competition. Our team competes in various events including Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Congress, which give students the opportunity to plan collaboratively but perform independently if they choose. 

Our Speech Team and Debate Team share a simple philosophy: success is the growth of every member in an environment where each individual victory is enjoyed by all. Our team members are challenged to leave their comfort zones, express themselves, and model excellence for SAAS. 

Season Expectations

Speech tournaments occur at local high schools and colleges, as well as national settings, generally on Fridays and Saturdays. The season begins in mid-October and generally lasts until March. Two meets is the minimum requirement for participation, either in the class or extra-curricular. There is no fee for local competition. National competition may include airfare paid for by the competitor.

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