IML offer a variety of events covering three basic categories: public address, interpretative reading, and debate. Depending on your interests and talents, compete in any or all of the events over time. Usually, a student will prepare two to three events for a season and sign up to compete at invitational inter level/class tournaments around the university, leading up to the Faculty competition in Spring Semester.

The time commitment varies; weekly meetings provide time for planning, practicing, and receiving valuable coaching assistance. Competitions take place on weekends, and a student does not have to participate at every event. Prior commitment? Assessment test? Family activity? Don’t stress, it’s flexible. You can be as involved as your time allows.

Most competition will take place on Thursday at Admin Campus and will not require overnight stays. Competition hosted at Main Campus are usually two days and we will arrange for students to be away from class.

“Speech and Debate allows me to confidently speak to diverse audiences while learning more about myself and the world: all while making lifelong friends from all over the state

speech and debate improves academic performance because of the improved writing, literacy, communication and critical thinking skills gained in the activity. This alone will enhance the prospects for college admission and performance. Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels.  Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally.   Most obviously, debaters build confidence speaking in public and expressing their ideas eloquently.  That comfort speaking in front of others is useful in so many areas of life, from interviews to school presentations to discussions in college seminars.

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