We are excited to share with you the vision God has put on our heart for the brand new ELEVATE Speech and Debate Club. Please join us if you are interested in either speech, debate, or both. We will do our best to:
- Introduce the leadership team.
- Share the vision and mission of our club.
- Share the benefits of adding speech and debate to your home school program.
- Give you a feel for what the 2016/2017 club year will look like.
- Break down parent and student expectations.
- Have a few 2015/2016 competitors model a few events.
- Open Q&A.
Please let us know if you plan on attending: firstname.lastname@example.org
A few expected Q & A:
Q: How old does my student need to be to participate?
A: The club is for ages 12 - 18. Debate is for high school students or highly motivated 8th graders - if we can find them a partner. High School students will have priority in partnerships. Speech is for both Jr. and Sr. High.
Q: Do I have to be a homeschooler to participate?
A: STOA sets the policy HERE. The short answer is: YES - A privately home schooled student.
Q: What is STOA?
A: From their website: Stoa is a national High School and Junior High Speech and Debate organization serving the needs of privately educated, Christian Homeschooling families. Stoa exists to train Christian homeschooled youth in speech and debate to better communicate a Biblical world view. Each year the Stoa Board offers the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC), inviting students from across the United States to perform, speak and debate to the glory of God.
For more info check out their site HERE
Q: What is the cost to participate?
A: We are estimating the cost to join the club at $300 for the year. STOA membership is an additional $50 fee, competition attire will cost a penny or two, and depending on your commitment level tournaments can be the bulk of your expense.