• CCHS logo Welcome to the CCHS Speech and Debate Team!!


    This co-curricular activity encourages students to find their voice and speak out on issues that are important to them and to the community.  The students learn critical thinking, research skills, communication skills, knowledge of current events and foster lasting networks.

    For more information, also see National Speech and Debate Assoc (NSDA) website: speechanddebate.org

    Charlotte Catholic hosted the 7th Annual Queen City Invitational - Virtual Tournament on October 24, 2020.  300 students competed representing 19 schools and 5 states, with an additional 120 judges volunteering their time.  
    Many thanks to parents and alumni who judged, and the Team Captains, who helped keep the tournament running smoothly.  
    We only had a handful of novice competitors, since it was our own tournament.  The following students placed:
    Rian Mofu - 2nd place - Novice Congressional Debate
    Kelly Budzichowski - 4th place - Novice Congressional Debate




    Speech Events are classified as either Interpretive Events (IE), Platform Events or Limited Prep Events. 

    Interpretive Events are based on published materials, cut down to 10 minute performances:

    Dramatic Interpretation

    Humorous Inperpretation

    Duo Interpretation

    Program Oral Interpretation

    Declamation -9th /10th grade only

    Platform Events include:

    Informative Speaking

    Original Oratory

    Limited Prep Events are events with only 2 to 30 minutes of preparation, prior to delivery:




    Debate Events include:  Lincoln Douglas (LD), Public Forum (PF) and Student Congress.

    Lincoln Douglas debates feature one person on each side.  Propositions of value are debated with the emphasis on developing logical argumentation rather than just accumulation of information. Good debaters construct value-driven cases that combine original analysis with evidence.

    Public Forum debates should be town hall-style debates with "ripped from the headlines" topics, that are usually economic, political or social in nature. These feature teams of two individuals on each side.  Debaters should be rewarded for their ability to explain facts, policies, and issues supported by evidence.

    Student Congress is a mock legislative assembly competition where students debate proposed laws (bills) and resolutions (position statements). "Representatives" deliver 3 minute speeches and are evaluated on their persuasive ablility to convince their fellow representatives and judges, as well as their ability to handle questions.



    • TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (click here)
    • All students are welcomed to join, including freshman. Annual Team Dues $150.
    • Practices take place twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3pm to 4:30pm. Rooms: first floor 500 classrooms
    • Parents are expected to periodically help fulfill the school's judging obligations and to help at the school's tournament.
    • Tournaments-about 15 per year; usually on Saturdays. Mostly local, with a handful of national circuit tournaments.  Students need not compete in every tournament
    • 20-21 ONLINE TOURNAMENTS: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, local and national circuit tournaments have been rescheduled to virtual formats.  Parents and students must complete the Online Participation and Video Release form.  
  • Contact Coach Carmen Kohn at carmen.kohn@cchsemail.org for further information.