13th Annual Gahanna Rotary Club Invitational
GLHS Speech & Debate set for annual Rotary Invitational
More than 500 orators from across Ohio to converge on Gahanna Saturday
2012 GLHS Speech and Debate Team Officers
Seated, l-r: Team Captains - Evren A. Gokcen and
Alexis (Ali) G. McCathern.
Standing: Tara K. Smith, historian; and Emily E. Jadwin, secretary.
Should the U.S. guarantee universal health care for all and should it prioritize tax increases over spending cuts?
Those are just two of the weighty topics for review Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the 13th annual Gahanna Lincoln HS Speech & Debate Invitational.
Sponsored by the Gahanna Rotary Club
, the 40 member GLHS team will host more 500 of their student colleagues from 24 school districts throughout the state. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.
, at the school, 140 S. Hamilton Rd.,
and is scheduled to conclude at approximately 4 p.m.
Unlike what many are accustomed to from political debates, where candidates present their views and counterpoints in, for the most part, a casually spoken pace, these high school participants debate rapidly, often at a pace approaching 300-words per minutes. This pace far exceeds the traditional conversational pace of approximately 150 words per minute. Television newscasters frequently hit 175 (or more) words per minute.
Our Speech and Debate students learn the art of persuasion, to think on one's feet, hone research skills, and benefit from the experience of speaking in public.
— Team Adviser/Coach Lyle R. Linerode
During the competition, the teams are presented a resolution or topic and given a set period of time to prepare an argument. The teams must then take turns arguing in favor, as well as in opposition to the topic. Click here for upcoming GLHS 2012-13 Speech & Debate Tournaments.
In addition to the popular Lincoln-Douglas
and the Public Forum
competitions, an additional 10 tournament categories are featured, including: Impromptu Speaking
, Oratorical Interpretation
, and Prose/Poetry Reading
. A judge or a panel of judges assign points based on the strength of the arguments and the professionalism of the teams.
For more information about this or any upcoming GLHS Speech and Debate event, contact the team adviser and coach Lyle R. Linerode at 614.479.1592, or the GJPS Office of Communications.
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