Speech and Debate at Sage Ridge School is a major activity. Sage Ridge competes in the Sagebrush League of the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) in local tournaments in Northern Nevada high schools, with one trip each year to a state tournament, where high schools from Southern Nevada also compete.
Debate allows students to be exposed to various social, political, and philosophical issues in preparing for and participating in a debate.
There are three kinds of debate: Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglass, and Policy.
Public Forum debate is a partner event with a concise form. The topic changes monthly and students debate topics that are relevant to current events.
Lincoln-Douglass debate is a single-person event that places much more weight on philosophy. The topic changes every other month and focuses on current events through a moral perspective.
Policy debate is a partner event that has one topic all year long. Debaters roleplay as policymakers, where the affirmative presents a bill to the judge to pass and both sides provide appropriate moral, logical, and practical arguments in favor and against the bill.
All three forms of debate expose debaters to relevant issues and creates well-informed citizens.
Speech events come in a variety of forms. There are both partner and single-person events with styles ranging from dramatic, comedic, and informative speeches. Students have the opportunity to practice acting skills, humor, learn about new topics, and more.
Led by Coach John Sloyan, Sage Ridge students participate in both Speech and Debate events, often having success at local tournaments and placing. Learn more about Sage Ridge’s performance in Mr. Sloyan’s post-tournament updates.