The Liberty Speech and Debate team has been working very hard this past season.
The team has grown much larger over the years. There are currently 25 to 30 students in the club.
The coaches are Amber Gallagher, head coach, Sean Varsho, debate coach, and Rose Shaffer, extemporaneous coach. The coaches have been guiding their debaters throughout the season to make sure they perform well at each tournament.
Noah Persson of Liberty High School throws himself into his humor speech as he practices for the Canfield Speech and Debate tournament.
Speech and debate is a great way to expand students' knowledge and also meet new people. Brooklyn Kramer, one of Liberty's debaters explains why she decided to join speech and debate, "It looked interesting and I knew it would help with college."
To prepare for the tournaments, students practice two to four times a week.
There are many different categories of speech such as, oratorical interpretation, humor, duo, and extemporaneous. To perform these debates takes hard work and practice. Speech can also be time consuming when students are asked to give up their Saturday mornings to go to the tournaments.
Brooklynn explains why it's all worth it, " I met a lot of nice people from other schools, and the trophies are nice too."