When we hear Speech & Debate, we think of a three word phrase.
And that is...
Being unapologetically yourself.
We know how it feels to be afraid of speaking, but it shouldn't be that way. So we built a course designed to help you navigate through the fundamentals of the best activity to get you out of your comfort zone, Speech & Debate.
And no it's not going to be easy. And no its not going to be hard. But it will do wonders on your speaking ability, confidence, and tenacity.
We promise you that if you stick with us for the next couple months, you'll come out not just happy with speaking your mind in front of the world, but you'll be excited.
And that's the true power of simple.
We thought you might ask :)
To put it simply, a group of high schoolers (find out exactly who below) are working together to build the world's first first completely online speech & debate course.
This "master" course will be released in a split up form, with "Speech Fundamentals" coming first, then "Debate Fundamentals", followed by finally, the individual speech and debate events.
And did I mention this is all free?
And it's because we want everyone to have equal access to this activity that we hold so close to our heart.
We thought you might ask ;)
We'd explain it via text, but why write when we can talk ;)
So here's one of our founders, Ariv, who'll give you the run down:
So come join us and learn this activity, the simple way.
The Concept Creator, Founder, and your Gandalf around these parts, Ariv is me. I've had a great career competing in Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Original Oratory. I'll be a senior this year and I'm super excited to get to your student, your child, or yourself!
Shravan Potluri is a rising senior at Saratoga High who's been doing Speech (Extemporaneous Speaking) since his Freshman year. He's currently the CMO of SD SImplified, managing its day to day operations. Having developed a passion for it, he wants to spread his love of speech and debate to middle schoolers who will enjoy it. In his spare time, Shravan likes reading books and following international politics.
Rishi Atreya is currently a rising senior at Saratoga High School in Saratoga, California. He has a deep passion for speech and debate and helps in the marketing aspect of this organization. He is the Chief Marketing Officer(CMO) and strives to help make speech and debate more simple for interested students. He is a hardworking student who enjoys collaborating with others towards a common goal. In his free time he plays table tennis, does sleight of hand, and plays lots of chess.
I’m Aditya Chordiya, a sophomore who goes to James Logan High School. I specialize in congressional debate and have competed all over the national circuit including major tournament like the Tournament of Champions.
I have been competing in Congress for the past 2 years and I have been competing in informative speaking for the past year. Speech and Debate makes me feel empowered. Its the only avenue that lets my voice be heard and talk about issues that mean the most to me. I am able to express my opinion while also hearing other perspectives.
Theodore Gercken is a sophomore from College Prep in California and has been competing in Extemporaneous Speech since his freshman year. This year, he qualified for every major championship in his event, including a double qualification to Nationals (IX and DX). He also works as the Extemporaneous captain at his school to help build up the team by recruiting and encouraging more first-year students to join the event. In his spare time, he can usually be found hanging out with his poodle or doing various jobs for Libertarian organizations around the country.
I'm Roma, a rising junior at James Logan High School, and I'm here to make speech and debate more accessible to the average person as well as lay a foundation for anyone interested! I compete in Informative Speaking and Impromptu at the State and National level, while also being a captain for Impromptu since my sophomore year. Speech and debate gives me an outlet to express myself and I love inspiring that drive in others as well!
I have done speech and debate since middle school! I have gone to state qualifiers multiple times and placed at many invitationals. I've done a variety of events (mostly interp) but just being a part of a team environment is why I have continued speech and debate all these year.
Hey! My name is Caleb Hui and I'm super excited about this Speech and Debate Course. Joining Speech and Debate was the best decision of my life and I want to show everyone else how great it can be and how freakin awesome the community is. I do policy debate and in my sophomore year my partner and I got 10th in the state of California and I hope to get even further than that in the coming years.
Hi! My name is Luciann Nguyen. I am a senior as well as a member of the James Logan Speech and Debate team. I compete in Original Oratory and Policy Debate on the regional and national circuits. I love Speech and Debate. I love the community and the activity itself. Since I joined my high schools speech and debate team, it has become a central and integral part of who I am and it has helped me hone my public speaking, argumentation, and research skills among many others.
Hey! I'm Samaira, a rising junior in high school. Words cannot explain my love for speech and debate because it gives everyone a chance to express and voice their opinion or raise an argument about a specific topic, and being part of a course which guides those on gaining knowledge about speech and debate is amazing. I cannot wait to work and teach all of you!! I am a national debater, I've participated in 15+ debate tournaments including inter-school, regional, state and national. I have also been a national qualifier for a debate competition for the NSDA. I also am the founder and the president of my debate club in my high school where we have 50+ members. I'm so excited to be part of this amazing journey!!!
My name is Sashank Balusu and I'm currently a sophomore at Archbishop Mitty High School. I love speech and debate so much because it gives everyone a platform to talk about the world and issues they care about. I'm apart of this program because I know firsthand that other speech and debate camps and programs can be very confusing, especially when you are first starting out and I'm glad that there's finally a program that will help absolute beginners learn speech and debate!
Hey! I'm currently a rising junior at James Logan High School. I mainly do Lincoln Douglas debate and have competed traditionally and progressively. I've made it to elims at league, regional, and invitational tournaments.