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Speech, Theatre, and Debate Team

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Who we are:

Students with varying majors and interests: future lawyers, aspiring broadcasters, theatre enthusiasts, people seeking to conquer their fear of public speaking, and people looking for a fun and challenging extra curricular activity.

What we do:

  • Individual Events (IE) -  prepare speeches or cuttings from poetry, fiction and play
  • Parliamentary Debate -  limited preparation team debate

Both IE and Debate students travel to weekend tournaments and participate in rounds of competition with students from colleges and universities all over the United States. All travel expenses are covered by the university. We practice one hour a week and travel to approximately four weekend tournaments each semester. Our season begins in August and ends in April.

Why join the Speech & Debate team?

  • 1-3 hours of class credit
  • Thrill of competition
  • Polished public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of politics and great literature
  • Life-long friendships
  • Social events
  • Travel the country

Team Recognitions

  • 2016 8th place, Division II – National Forensics Association
  • 2015 9th place, Division I – National Forensics Association
  • 2014 - 5th place, Division II – National Forensics Association

Noteworthy Individual Recognitions

  • 2016   Jake Townsend:  AFA Quarterfinalist, EXT
              Escarlet Escobar:  IOA 6th place overall
  • 2014   Matthew Roberts:  AFA Quarterfinalist - EXT


Jason Stahl, Director of Forensics
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN  37212
Email Jason Stahl
(615) 460-6155

Ryan Greenawalt, Assistant Director of Forensics
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN  37212
Email Ryan Greenawalt

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