Speech and Debate
AGE: RISING 8TH GRADERS AND OLDER
Session i: June 28-July 11, 2020; Session II: July 12-26, 2020
The Debate Program is ideal for both novice and experienced debaters. Students will hone their arguing, speaking, and critical thinking skills through forms of debate and public speaking popular in the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools and International and Worlds competitions, including Parliamentary Extemporaneous debate, After Dinner and Persuasive speeches, and Impromptu speaking.
Speech and Debate Program Director
David Conti coaches the current award-winning Speech and Debate Team at The Hotchkiss School. As a Latin and Greek instructor at Hotchkiss, Mr. Conti came to debate through his work with classical rhetoric. Teaching the speeches of Cicero, Lysias and Demosthenes, Mr. Conti knows well the breadth of knowledge needed to argue persuasively and the importance of rhetoric in making a strong case. He has been fortunate to work with an enthusiastic, successful group of debaters at Hotchkiss.