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NPHS Speech and Debate


The mission of the North Platte Speech and Debate team is to prepare students to be successful in interscholastic speech and debate competition at local, state, and national levels.  All students will be eligible for membership in the National Forensic League if they compete regularly and maintain high academic standards.


The North Platte Speech and Debate Team gives students the chance to improve their public speaking, research, and persuasive writing skills. Members will get the chance to express and argue their opinions in an organized manner, while in a welcoming environment.


Debater will be able to argue both sides of a topic, and in the process they will become better listeners. Speech participants will be able truly grasp an audience and have listeners hooked onto every word. The team will compete in formal tournaments against other schools within our league and beyond, all while raising self-confidence and having fun.

Students will also get more hands on experience by practicing with each other. Coaches and the director will assist in giving the students the resources they need to be the best speaker they can be.

Students will use the skills they learn from the team in school and during the rest of their lives.


Educational Goals of Speech


Speech contests are conceived and structured to provide educational experiences for high school students. Specifically, the various contest events are designed to provide training toward the following educational objectives:

1. To read, speak, and perform with a clear purpose, applying the principles of research, organization, effective

language, and critical thinking;

2. To enable the participants to become more stable and mature people through the development of self-discipline,

ethical behavior, self-esteem, and communication skills;

3. To encourage self-expression and creativity;

4. To offer an opportunity for social growth through exposure to new people, places, and ideas through shared

learning experiences;

5. To improve delivery by emphasizing vocal expression, bodily responsiveness, and poise;

6. To increase cultural awareness and understanding of human behavior through a greater appreciation of


7. To instill a sense of ethical responsibility.


David Cooper David Cooper
Head Coach

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Assistant Coach