On Friday, August 9th, West Broward opened its doors for the brand new incoming freshman. After a brief introduction to the school, the new bobcats were brought into the cafeteria to learn more about the different clubs the school has to offer.
Our speech and debate booth in the cafeteria.
This Friday was also exciting for the members of the Debate team, as it was a chance for us to talk to the future bobcat debaters!
The speech and debate volunteers at freshman orientation.
After the freshmen orientation West Broward speech and debate held a parent meeting in the debate classroom. During the meeting, we discussed what comes with joining speech and debate at West Broward, such as paying dues, judging speech and debate events , and competing at local and out of state tournaments . The officers and coaches also introduced themselves (which you can find out more about on the about us page).
The parent meeting held in the debate room.
We are all so excited for the new season to start and to get to know all of the new members of speech and debate !
This past weekend, over 50 students from the WBHS speech and debate team competed at Flying L. After a full day of rounds, postings, meeting up with old friends, and competing, our students reflected on their first tournament of the 2017-2018 season.
Isabel McCann received 2nd place in informative speaking with her info being centered around adoption and how children are raised. Along with Baby Julian, Isabel managed to shock and intrigue all those who saw her performance that day.
In dramatic performance, Alexandra Benedit competed with her humorous interpretation piece focused on beauty queens. Adapting a book about beauty queens trying to survive on a stranded island into an HI is not an easy task, however, Alexandra managed to turn her piece into a hilarious and sassy performance.
Aside from these two wonderful women, West Broward had many more successes. Dylan Hall placed 7th in his congress chamber, Ethan Massa placed 9th in Lincoln-Douglas debate out of a pool of 27 people, and Bobby Cuba placed 10th in Lincoln-Douglas debate. In informative speaking Sarah Tiktin placed 9th and Conrad Awve placed 10th. In varsity extemporaneous speaking, extemp captain, Sabrina Lyn, placed 10th out of 55 competitors. Our novices also had major successes at Flying L. In congress, Priyanka Venkat placed 5th in her chamber, Nandika Regatti placed 7th, and and Ingrid Mattig placed 9th. These three women in congress started their novice year in a fantastic way! In novice extemporaneous speaking Oladapo Suleiman placed 9th! In novice Lincoln Douglas debate Isabella Castillo placed 10th. Our novice's success is clearly represents their own talent and our squad captain's commitment to their novices.
After a long month of waiting, the first tournament of the season is finally here! The Flying L tournament, hosted by Fort Lauderdale High school, will be the first local tournament to welcome back competitors this season. This past week West Broward speech and debate novices and varsities participated in after school squad practices in each of their events. Although after-school activities were cancelled on Monday, many students showed up on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to participate in their own squad practices.
Our Lincoln-Douglas squad captain, Mallika Jain, engaged her novices into learning how to properly structure a Lincoln-Douglas case and how to write their own.
Sabrina Lyn, the Extemporaneous speaking squad captain, sat with her novices and explained the speech format they would use either at Flying L or other future tournaments.
A novice Public Forum team sat with their squad captain, Alyssa Cavazos, and went over the basics of Public Forum debate and how to structure their cases to compete this Saturday at Flying L.
At the Interpretation squad practice, squad captains Noah Macdonald and Kayla Baker, along with their assistant captain Alexandra Benedit, encouraged their novices to introduce themselves. After getting to know one another, the captains chose to explain and give examples of each interpretation event, ranging from Humorous Interpreation to Program Oral Interpretation.
Congress captain, Dylan Hall, introduced novices interested in Congressional Debate to the main concepts of the event, such as writing speeches and learning what different congressional procedures mean in a debate setting for upcoming tournaments.
This weekend over 50 team members will compete at Flying L in Fort Lauderdale. With the turnout at this week's squad practices, it is clear that both novices and varsities are ready to start the 2017-2018 competitive season! Go Bobcats!
4This summer, the West Broward Speech and Debate team had 14 students participate in various speech & debate camps to sharpen their skills in each of their respective events. Parker Harrison attended session 1 of the Champion Briefs Institute at Nova Southeastern University for the event humorous interpretation (HI).
Alexandra Benedit, Noah Macdonald, Leah Bolitho, and Jackie Sanchez attended session 3 of the Champion Briefs institute at Nova Southeastern University. Noah and Leah both studied Program Oral Interpretatin (POI), while Alexandra studied HI and Jackie studied Extemporaneous Speaking. All 5 of these students excelled throughout the two weeks of camp in their respective events.
Amanda Ciocca attended the Victory Briefs Institute at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia. Amanda studied Lincoln-Douglas debate (LD) while meeting people from all over the country.
Ethan Massa attended the National Symposium for Debate (NSD) Lincoln Douglas camp at the University of Minnesota from June 25th to July 15th. For a total of 3 weeks, he worked consistently to enhance his skills in LD.
While they were attending CBI, NSD, and VBI, 6 other students from our team went to the American Speech and Debate Foundation (ASDF) debate camp held at Nova High School. Abigail Charles-Pierre and Ashley Nechyba competed in Public Forum (PF) as a team. Alex Rodriguez and Alyssa Cavazos also studied PF as a team at ASDF. Sabrina Lyn attended ASDF for Extemporaneous Speaking and Uzair Qureshi attended for Humorous Interpretation. Ben Molko attended ASDF and studied Lincoln-Douglas debate (LD). These 7 students worked non-stop to improve in their own events.
After 2 weeks of hard work, West Broward had many successes. At the camp tournament for session 3 of CBI, Alexandra made it to the final round and performed her Humorous Interpretation piece in the showcase. Also at this tournament, Jackie championed in extemporaneous speaking. At ASDF, Sabrina made it to the semi-final round or top 3 of extemporaneous speaking. Alex and Alyssa made it to the final round in PF and also performed in the showcase.