The Berkeley Carroll School

Speech and Debate Team



Berkeley Carroll is proud of its exceptional Upper School Speech and Debate team, which in recent years has consistently had students place among the top finishers in competitions both locally and around the country.

Participation and competition is open to any Upper School student at any level of experience. Coached by Middle School Director Jim Shapiro, the team meets twice a week for practice during the school day; these practice sessions are full-fledged academic classes for which students receive a grade. Though Speech and Debate class does not satisfy any departmental graduation or distribution requirements, students do receive academic credit for it.

Those interested in speech compete in a variety of events, including Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Student Congress. Students interested in debate compete primarily in Lincoln-Douglas style competition.

Berkeley Carroll is a member of the Brooklyn Queens Catholic Forensic League and the team participates in about a dozen local weekend competitions each year. Additionally, Berkeley Carroll students compete in national competitions hosted by various college debate programs around the country, including those at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Emory and Wake Forest. About 20 students each year qualify in their various specialties for the State Championship in April and about six to eight for the National Championships in May.

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