Asheville High/SILSA Speech & Debate Club
Welcome to the Asheville High/SILSA Speech and Debate team. Speech and Debate allows students to explore public speaking and performance, debate styles and procedures, deepen critical thinking and writing skills, gain confidence as a public speaker, and increase awareness of public events.
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The AHS Booster Club fundraising ensures ALL students can participate in AHS Speech and Debate. They are a non-profit 501(c) (3) that raises funds to support the AHS Speech and Debate Team. All donations go towards scholarships, offsetting coaches expenses and funding travel expenses for our team.
Speech & Debate
TEAM MEETINGS AND SQUAD MEETINGS
Currently, our weekly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoons with additional coaching and squad practices scheduled as needed.
Our life-changing club regularly competes on a state and national level. Through speech and debate, students improve their speaking and writing skills in a fun, collaborative environment. Speech and debate students at Asheville High School and SILSA are active in our community, regularly receive college scholarships and become better leaders in our society.
Judging and Registration
Judging is easy and fun. We have all the information you need to get started, trained, and registered to participate in a tournament.
There are two main tracks for judging — Speech and Debate — which are subdivided into categories. Click here to learn more about judging.
Training to judge a tournament is not difficult once you learn the basics. We provide information and links to everything you will need. Click here to learn more.
This page collects all the forms for parents and students that you need for participating in tournaments, signing up for events, and more. Click here to see all forms.
Events posted here are subject to change.
November 18, 2023:
Time: 8am – 6pm | Location: Asheville High School
The Cougar Classic is AHS/SILSA Speech and Debate team’s home tournament. As the tournament hosts, we judge the student events, award the winners, and show off AHS/SILSA’s amazing Speech and Debate team.
AHS/SILSA news and announcements.
Welcome to the AHS/SILSA Speech and Debate Team. If you are returning, we're glad you're back. If you are new, you're about to be a part of what I think is the greatest experience your student can have while in high school. Please download this PDF and carefully read...
We would like to thank the following team parents and individuals for their donations and support of Cougar Classic Carol Kaufman and Jim McMillanFrazer Worth and Jenny Matthews James ColieAmanda FranklinJill DudleyBuck Schall and Elizabeth Schall Bratton GelderDella...
We would like to thank all the businesses and individuals that have donated food and funds to the 2022 Cougar Classic! This year's Cougar Classic takes place Saturday, November 19th, at Asheville High.
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