Speech & Debate
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Speech & Debate Director:
Jana Riggins

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Department Phone:
512-471-5883

Department Fax:
512-232-7311

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Debate is the League’s longest-running contest, dating back to 1910. A small group of debate coaches met in Abilene and enthusiastically began an interscholastic forensic program to motivate their students and provide them with a practical application for the skills they were developing. It was then that UIL was born. Ten teams representing ten divisions of the state competed in the first state tournament. One hundred years later, the UIL Cross-Examination Policy Debate State Meet is celebrated as the largest high school debate tournament in the nation.

At the first state meet, educators voted to add declamation as a state-qualifying contest. Since that time, the League has expanded speaking competition to include two debate contests, two public speaking contests and two oral performance contests. Thousands of students from across the state of Texas compete each year in Cross-Examination Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Extemporaneous Informative Speaking, Extemporaneous Persuasive Speaking, Prose Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation.

Speech & Debate News & Updates

December 10, 2014
Spring 2015 LD Debate Topic

RESOLVED: When in conflict, human rights protection ought to supersede state sovereignty in the conduct of United States foreign policy.

This UIL LD Debate topic will be debated from January to May 2015.

August 20, 2014
2014-2015 Speech Coach e-Booklet

Download the Speech Coach e-booklet for valuable resources for the 2014-2015 school year.

May 14, 2014
Judge Paradigms for LD State Now Posted

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