Quick Competitive

Event Guide

Our team offers all Ohio Speech and Debate Association and National Speech and Debate Assoication events. For a quick overview of the events offered, please reference below. For a more detailed description, click here.

Wadsworth Speech and Debate Competitive Event Descriptions

Competitive Debate

POLICY DEBATE: Debaters work in pairs to address an annual topic, either by proposing a plan or refuting the proposal.

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE: Debaters work in pairs to debate timely and controversial monthly topics.

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE: Individual debaters address a resolution concerning indiviual and/or societal values drawn from a bi-monthly topic.

CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE: Individual debaters model the legislative process of the U.S. Congress in a group setting.

Competitive Acting

DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION, HUMOROUS INTERPRETATION, DUO INTERPRETATION, PROGRAM ORAL INTERPRETATION: Speakers perform a cutting from a work of literature, such as a novel, short story, play, or poetry. Students may perform single or multiple characterizations, and must do so from memory and without props or costumes.

Competitive Speaking

ORIGINAL ORATORY AND INFORMATIVE SPEAKING: Speakers develop an original speech on a topic of their choice

DECLAMATION SPEAKING: Speakers choose a speech that was written by another person and perform the speech as their own.

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING: Speakers have 30 minutes to prepare a speech in response to a specific question about current events.