youth speech and Debate

About Us

The Youth Speech and Debate committee operates year round, organizing speech and debate competition for Jr and Sr. High students in the Calgary Area. Established over 20 years ago, the committee functions through the dedication of over a dozen volunteers.

Every fall the committee organizes a joint Jr/Sr High Speech Competition. Entrants in this tournament must present a western or agriculturally related speech in one of six categories. In November the committee coordinates a Senior High Debate where students must debate both sides of a topic that is agricultural in nature followed by a fun, impromptu debate. In January, Junior High students are given an opportunity to debate the same resolution.

In 2002, the committee expanded their program to includes a competition during the 10 Day Stampede. This tournament, Interpretations of Western Heritage, invites the top speakers & debates from our high school tournament as well as the top 4-H speakers from across the province to compete for one of two $1000 scholarships, provided by the Stampede Foundation.


Contact Information

Aaron Miller,

Committee Chair