UIL Speech and Debate

  • Interested in joining mid-season? See Info Packet here, and see Coach Burke with any questions. Full dues paid through December. Reduced to $175 in January.

    Schedule: 

    See tournament document and view Band App Events for most up-to-date Calendar. 

    Practice:

    Every Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday in C111 and C110 with Coach Burke & Coach Jennings

     

    *Practices are run by team Officers and Captains; they are responsible for your understanding of the rules, event, and competition.
    Be respectful of every teacher who is lending their time and their room; clean up after yourselves and always return furniture to it's correct position.*

     

    Purpose:
    The Dulles High School Speech and Debate Team is dedicated to teaching students the importance of communication, research, and critical thinking skills. Students will have an opportunity to learn skills that are vital to understanding major issues that impact our world and discussing their ideas in a logical and mature fashion.

    Major Events & Activities:
    1-3 Tournaments each month from September to February. The team participates in tournaments in the Fort Bend, Houston, Katy and Rosenberg areas. Students also have the opportunity to qualify for several state and national tournaments that take place in March, April and May. A tournament schedule with specific dates is handed out at the beginning of the school year.

    Meetings:
    Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:45-4:00 during debate season. TBA during other times. All meetings are held in C111 and are communicated through the Band App: band.us/@DullesDebate. Major messages come from Debate Remind.

    Requirements:
    Attend ALL mandated meetings and practices. Students competing in their first year of debate are expected to attend at least 4 tournaments throughout the year. Students who are in their second, third or fourth year of debate are expected to attend at least 6 tournaments. There is a supply fee to participate in debate. However, we do realize that there are extenuating circumstances that affect some students. Please do not hesitate to discuss the supply fee with the sponsor at the beginning of the year.

     

    Dues & Forms:

    Forms are due ASAP. You cannot travel or compete without completed forms. Get an information and form packet from Coach Burke. 

    Debate requires significant funds for traveling and tournament fees.
    To participate students are asked to post $275 dues.
    - $250 to "DHS Activity Fund"
    - $25 to "DHS Debate Parent Org"
    If you cannot pay the due, but still wish to participate in competition, speak with Coach Burke ASAP. 

    Overnight travel tournaments are optional and require additional fees. 

    ***Incoming students for 2019-2020: If you plan to take the Debate I class next year and you have previous debate experience from a middle school program or another school, please email Coach Burke (kellyn.burke@fortbendisd.com) with subject "Debate Class 2019-2020, your name and a summary of your previous debate experience including any camps you plan to attend this summer. This will help place you into the correct class period of debate when possible***

Department Announcements

  • Please download the "Band" application to your phone (also accessible on a desktop), and request to join our group: band.us/@DullesDebate

    This is our main platform for communication. Sync the events calendar with your phone calendar and ensure notificaitons are turned on!

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Contact Us

  • Coach Contact:

    Head Coach
    Kellyn Burke

    281-327-8728

    Best way to contact:
    kellyn.burke@fortbendisd.com

    Room: C111

     

    Assistant Coach
    Nicholas Jennings
    nicholas.jennings@fortbendisd.com

    Room: B215

     

    Remind Codes:

    Students:
    @DHSdeb8

    Parents
    @DHSDebateP

    Text #: 81010