Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate Tournament Schedule

News and Announcements

  • New Trier debate team brings home two state championships
    New Trier High School's Debate Team won two championship titles at the IHSA Varsity Debate Championships March 17-18 at University of Illinois-Springfield. Schools from across the state converged on the campus to compete.
  • New Trier debate begins 2017 strong at first national tournament of the year
    New Trier debaters proved they can compete with the best teams in the country after they made it to the final rounds at the Barkley Forum for High Schools in Atlanta.
  • Ohio Valley Invitational
    The New Trier debate program traveled to the University of Kentucky this weekend to compete at the Ohio Valley Invitational. The tournament played host to 68 teams from 8 states. New Trier seniors Celia Buckman and Connor Warshauer won 10 straight debates going undefeated to be crowned champions of the tournament! Connor was awarded the top individual speaker trophy with Celia earning the 3 rd place award in a field of 136 debaters.
  • Trevians become back-to-back debate champions at Niles Township Invitational
    The results are in from the first Debate Team competition this school year, and this season is looking promising for the Trevians.

Become a New Trier Speech and Debate student and

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  • Become confident in expressing your point of view
  • Explore current events and politics
  • Travel to speech and debate tournaments around the state and country  
  • Be part of a team
  • Build vital skills for communicating with diverse groups of people
  • Expand your worldview by listening to different perspectives
  • Learn how to write and present compelling arguments
  • Get to know the work of philosophers like Locke, Kant, Nietzsche

Speech and Debate allows students to develop curious minds that think critically and advocate effectively. Students develop camaraderie with peers through stimulating intellectual engagement and respectful argumentation. Through deliberation, reason, and building memorable friendships, speech and debate prepares students to overcome future challenges and helps students develop their own sense of self.  

Advanced students mentor younger students and assist in coaching and judging. Many students also travel with the Speech and Debate Team to practice the skills and concepts taught in class.   

Learn more about our classes HERE .

Speech and Debate students will 

  • Enjoy in-class debates on a variety of topics
  • Apply argumentation theory and skills in a variety of settings
  • Provide feedback and peer critique
  • Analyze effective argumentation
  • Advocate for social change
  • Apply critical thinking skills to real-world issues
  • Work in a variety of collaborative group and leadership settings

    In our after school program, students will: 

    • Apply instructional concepts in interscholastic speech and debate competitions.
    • Interact with a diverse community of students, judges, and arguments in regional and national tournaments.
    • Work as a member of a team toward a collective work ethic.
    • Demonstrate good sportsmanship.
    • Demonstrate ethical decision-making and leadership.