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Fall 2017 Classes

Competitive Speech & Debate

Competitive Speech & Debate Team Excels at BAUDL Championships!

Communication Academy has once again proven that it ranks amongst the top middle school speech & debate programs in the nation. On May 14th & 15th its students distinguished themselves at the BAUDL Middle School Speech & Debate State Championships. Eighth graderSwati Goel was recognized as the tournament’s #1 speaker in Public Forum debate and, along with her partner eighth grader Leo Naddell, advanced to the tournament’s semi-final round—winning an unparalleled eight consecutive debate rounds.

First time competitor Callie Rosenzweig advanced to thefinal round of Humorous Interpretation, a tremendous accomplishment for a student participating in her first ever tournament.
Ezra Kohrman and Ishan Balakrishnan, both eighth graders, advanced to the tournament’s octo-final roundwith an amazing 5 wins and 2 losses. Two Communication Academy teams also made appearances in the double octo-final roundJackie Xu, an eighth grader, and her partner Aeshon Balasubramanian, a sixth grader, as well as eighth graders Max Zhang and Bruno Naddell, ended up ranked with the top 32 Public Forum debate teams.
We would also like to congratulate Riley Breier andJenny Tang for participating in their first speech tournament!

Speech

Impromptu

Impromptu is a public speaking event where students have seven minutes to select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline and deliver a speech.  The speech is given without notes and uses an introduction, body, and conclusion.  The speech can be light-hearted or serious. It can be based upon prompts that range from nursery rhymes, current events, celebrities, organizations, and more.

Debate

Public Forum Debate

Public Forum involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Following a coin toss, the winners choose which side to debate (PRO or CON) or which speaker position they prefer (1st or 2nd), and the other team receives the remaining option. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a “crossfire” (similar to a cross examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team.  Often times community members are recruited to judge this event.

Congressional Debate (House and Senate)

A simulation of the U.S. legislative process, students generate a series of bills and resolutions for debate in Congressional Debate. Debaters alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting. An elected student serves as a presiding officer to ensure debate flows smoothly. Students are assessed on their research, argumentation, and delivery skills, as well as their knowledge and use of parliamentary procedure.

Summer Camps

Communication Academy is pleased to announce our first competitive speech and debate summer camps. Our students will develop essential critical thinking, argumentation, and presentation skills from coaches who have mentored state and national champions. Our courses emphasize National Speech and Debate Association recognized events, and are geared toward preparing novice and veteran competitors for the 2015-2016 season at Communication Academy or their middle school.

Speech

Dramatic Interpretation

Using a play, short story, or other published work, students perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to ten minutes in length. With a spotlight on character development and depth, this event focuses on the student’s ability to convey emotion through the use of a dramatic text. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters.*

Humorous Interpretation

Using a play, short story, or other published work, students perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to ten minutes in length. Humorous Interpretation is designed to test a student’s comedic skills through script analysis, delivery, timing, and character development. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters.*

Duo Interpretation

Two competitors team up to deliver a ten-minute performance of a published play or story. Using off-stage focus, competitors convey emotion and environment through a variety of performance techniques focusing on the relationships and interactions between the characters.*

*No props or costumes are used. Performances can also include an introduction written by the students to contextualize the performance and state the title and the author.

Debate

Congressional Debate (House and Senate)

A simulation of the U.S. legislative process, students generate a series of bills and resolutions for debate in Congressional Debate. Debaters alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting. An elected student serves as a presiding officer to ensure debate flows smoothly. Students are assessed on their research, argumentation, and delivery skills, as well as their knowledge and use of parliamentary procedure.

News

Congratulations to the Competitive Debate team at St. Joseph Notre Dame Tournament! First place in novice division

On April 23rd Communication Academy again distinguished itself as one of the best middle school debate programs by winning the novice division of St. Joseph Notre Dame Tournament in Alameda, CA. Eighth graders Swati Goel and Leo Naddell went undefeated in the preliminary rounds and won the final round on a unanimous decision by the three judge panel.

Peyton Lee, an eighth grader, was the tournament’s top speaker, claiming an amazing 115 of 120 possible speaker points. Bruno Naddell and Max Zhang, also eighth graders, went undefeated in their preliminary rounds but did not advance to the final round. Jacquelyn Xu, an eighth grader, and Aeshon Balasubramanian, a sixth grader, were honored with bronze medals for winning three of their four preliminary rounds. We would also like to congratulate Evan Fine and Akul Datta for competing in their first debate tournament!

Congratulations to Competitive Debate at Stanford Tournament!

Communication Academy’s competitive debate students distinguished themselves at the 30th Annual Stanford National Debate Tournament. Our middle school students competed against and beat numerous high school teams from over 20 states and 3 countries over the course of the 3 day tournament.                                

The students from our Terman Middle School team particularly distinguished themselves, with the partnership of Swati Goel and Leo Naddell winning 4 of their 5 preliminary debates and making it to the octofinal round—further than any other middle school team in their event. Also of note were the partnership of Ezra Kohrman and Ishan Balakrishnan who also won 4 of their 5 preliminary rounds and competed in the double-octofinal round