Seeing these young people suited up for competition is impressive, and seeing them in the competition is inspiring.
I’m in Keller, Texas, attending the Lonestar Tournament of Champions. Another coach and I brought down eight kids from our two clubs. We’ve been having a ball, and our kids have been doing fantastic. Final rounds rev up today.
It is amazing what these young people learn. The first day started with Parli Debate, where Cynthia partnered with her old debate partner, Matthew, and debated a wide variety of topics. Full-scale competition started the next day. Isaiah has a Humorous Interpretation from a funny story he read in school. Lydia does an Expository on hunting. Cynthia gives limited prep speeches like Apologetics, Impromptu and Extemporaneous, as well as an Original Oratory titled “Underdogs.” Cynthia and Lydia partner up for Team-Policy debate to debate the United States’ policy toward Russia.
I can’t emphasize enough how important this stuff is. Seeing these young people suited up for competition is impressive, and seeing them in the competition (speaking confidently, ladies and gentlemen respectfully sparring one another) is inspiring. In my not-so-humble opinion, I believe every child in the country should be doing speech and debate.
This month is the month to make the first investment. Monument Publishing is having its March Madness Sale, and all of our texts are on sale. There are several that are specific to this year, not books for the beginner, but the following are perfect for those getting afresh to the whole wide world of speech and debate:
- Keys to Interp – A textbook to learning how to interpret literature for competitive tournaments.
- Platinum Book – A sourcebook written by national champions referring to their platform speeches.
- Emerald Book – A sourcebook written by national champions referring to their interpretive speeches.
- Keys to Extemp – A textbook to learning how to participate in Extemporaneous Speaking, a limited-prep event.
- Coaching a Club – A compilation of explanations on how successful coaches have set up their clubs.
And, of course, our Jeub Family Resources are all 50% off, too. The month is half over, and I really (really!) want your family to have these resources.
Curious about the results at the Lonestar? We’ve advanced about 2/3 of our Colorado teams, and we’ve personally advanced in all but 2 events. Here are our results:
- Cynthia: Team-Policy Debate quarter-finalist (results of that round post in a couple hours), Apologetics, Extemp, Original Oratory.
- Lydia: Team-Policy Debate quarter-finalist (with her sister, Cynthia), Expository.
- Isaiah: Humorous Interpretation.