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Speech & Debate


Since its humble founding in 1988, the Kempner's Speech & Debate Team has grown from just competing in local events to a state-winning, national-qualifying team.

Swing by our Club Meetings after school in Room 226, or email for more information.

The Club is free, but if you want to compete (i.e. join the team and go to tournaments) dues are required.

  • Events:

    Debate Events: Congress, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Policy (CX)

    Speaking Events: Extemporaneous, Original Oratory

    Acting Events: Prose, Poetry, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Duet Interpretation


    A Message from Jai Sehgal (Senior, Club President) on our 2017-2018 year:

    "This year? Well... let me see... Just write something good. I'll agree with what you say." 


    A Message from Jai Sehgal (Senior, Club President) on our 2016-2017 year:

    "Fun Fact: I like pie." 


    A Message from Sufyan Yousaf (Senior & Club President) on our 2015-2016 year:

    "This past year the Kempner Speech and Debate club had tons of success. From the start of the season, Kempner started off strong winning the first place in Novice Public Forum at Foster high school, the first tournament of the year. The success continued through the year as our varsity public forum team went on to win first place at Tompkins and Westfield. Kempner also had at least one member break to out rounds at almost every single tournament. Our teams’ success at local tournaments in this past 2015-2016 year was unparalleled in Kempner history. But it doesn’t stop there, as we had 10 people qualify for the TFA state tournament, which consists of the top 200 teams in the state of Texas, with one team breaking to Double Octo Finals and finishing the year as the 32nd best team in the state of Texas. Overall, the speech and debate team had a great year and we hope to see greater things in this upcoming season. All of our officers are dedicated to making this last year of their Speech & Debate career the most successful in Kempner debate history."

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