The REAL Award at a Speech and Debate Tournament by: Gloria Heiss

I don’t want to sound like a stereotypical alum devotional but I might have to in order to get my point across today. Each year I frustratingly see teens all around me vying for their place on the stage at awards while not even considering the real rewards of tournament. Believe me, I like being recognized for my hard work and skill as much as the next person but those expressions of appreciation do not always come in the form of a trophy you can put on your shelf…

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The Three R’s of Summer Brrreak By: Kaitlyn Butts

If you’re looking at the title of this article and laughing because you have a pile of math to wade through, don’t worry, I was there essentially every summer of my life. I know there are camps to attend, educational opportunities to participate in, and family vacations to go on. Summer break is never quite the epitome of rejuvenation we always envision, but it is a valuable period of time – whether you’re completely burned out and never want to wear a suit again or feeling mounting pressure to grind away the summer to make next season your biggest and best endeavor yet. Brrreak for the speech and debate competitor requires investment in all three Rs…

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Lasting Impact! Reflection on 2017… And Looking Ahead…

So many things to be thankful for this past year… 2017… Our first full year of Lasting Impact! We feel like we accomplished so much in just one little year!! Yet, we have so much more to do! We feel blessed and honored to come along side the many families, coaches, and clubs helping to make an impact in the Speech and Debate community. Here are just a few of the highlights from 2017… Continue reading “Lasting Impact! Reflection on 2017… And Looking Ahead…”

Thinking Before Speaking

I’ve said things I didn’t mean before.  I’ve spoken carelessly, or hastily, or hurtfully.  I’ve let exhaustion numb my mind before my mouth. I’ve used my words to be witty, or funny, or appealing, or in some way to what I perceived was ‘my’ crowd.  And…part of the embarrassment and blessing of that is that I’ve also always had people on hand to call me out and redirect that - or people who accepted my apologies - or people who taught me to do more thinking before I spoke.

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