Speech / Debate


Laura Mike


The HMS Speech and Debate Team practices are on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:00, starting the end of September and ending by mid-February. We participate in four Triple C Meets each year. Meets are located at Freeport Middle School, Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Brunswick Junior High School, or Frank H. Harrison Middle School.

Speech is open to students in grades 5 through 8. Students select one of five different categories of speeches: Storytelling, Poetry, Original Oratory, Duo Interpretation, or Oratorical Declamation. As a result of participating on the speech team, students will build confidence, increase eye contact with the audience, and develop a strong voice. The individual challenge of speech is to make the selected piece come to life and to memorize the material prior to competition.

Debate is open to all students. The challenge of debate is to gather facts that support both the affirmative (pro) and the negative (con) side of a topic statement (resolution). Students must follow a set debate format which includes an opening speech, a cross examination, a secondary speech, a rebuttal, and a closing. All arguments must be supported with factual information from reputable sources. As a result of participating in Debate, students will learn to distinguish between fact and opinion, will understand the importance of supporting their statements with factual information, and will show an in-depth comprehension of the topic.

Who May Participate:

  • Speech for Grades 5 through 8

  • Debate for Grades 7 and 8 (Sixth graders may participate if they have previously demonstrated a high level of success in Speech competitions.)