At Columbia Christian, we believe that communication skills are essential for empowering youth to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and Christian leaders. Participation in the Speech and Debate program provides students opportunities to meet and compete with other students who are developing and building their communication, critical thinking, and public speaking skills. Speech and Debate is similar to athletic sports and is governed by the Oregon Student Activities Association. Speech and debate activities are challenging, competitive in nature, and require practice, coaching, dedication, and hard work.
We are excited that our team has opportunities to compete in local, district, and state tournaments. Students may also decide to earn membership to the National Speech and Debate Association, an educational honor society founded in 1925 which recognizes the participation and achievements of speech and debate students. Additionally, membership in the NSDA provides students with access to Pi Kappa Delta, the collegiate-level honor society for speech and debate students.
Feel free to contact Shelly Heaps for more information.