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Extracurricular Speech and Debate
uniquely teaches students the skills
necessary to make significant contributions
to their community.

True Voice Foundation

Did you know?

  • Fewer than 25% of the high schools in Washington State have a speech and debate program.

  • Fewer than 5% of middle schools have a program.

Speech and Debate...

Boosts Performance

  • Direct relationship between higher reading and writing test scores and participation in interscholastic speech and debate.
  • Interscholastic speech and debate give students a decisive edge in college admissions, by as much as 30% more than non-speech and debate peers.
  • 90% of speech and debate participants matriculate to college, and a majority continue to graduate school.

Enhances Outcomes

  • Speech and debate activities foster intellectual curiosity
  • Competition motivates students to improve themselves
  • Successful competitors spend hours reading, researching, and practicing
  • Top competitors invest effort comparable to a graduate school thesis
  • Both at-risk and gifted students engage more and act out less

Builds Healthy Relationships

  • One-on-one tutoring/coaching model provides individualized instruction
  • Squads provide a safe, familial atmosphere that nurtures student growth.
A little about...

True Voice Foundation

The True Voice Foundation exists to introduce and support secondary speech and debate programs throughout Washington State and advocate on behalf of speech and debate activities to the general public.

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