Wellington Debate FAQ: 20 Questions
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Question #1: Why should I sign up for the Debate 3 Honors class? Here's what current and alumni members of the Wellington Speech & Debate Team have to say about their active participation in the program.
Question #2: What is a debate program? Public speaking, researching, and performing ... plus much more.
Question #3: What are the benefits of participating in debate? Stronger critical thinking skills. Better researching abilities. Lifelong friends. Awareness of current events.
Question #4: Aren't there more benefits than what you just listed? Definitely, and we encourage reading this well-researched 1998 Georgetown University study, The Value of Debate.
Question #5: Who can participate in debate? Almost any student (or soon to be student) at Wellington is eligible.
Question #6: What does the Debate Course Syllabus look like? The syllabus has the breakdown on tournament credits, how grades are determined, and classroom rules. It's part of the comprehensive Wellington Debate Required Forms Booklet.
Question #7: What's in the Wellington Debate Team Contract? Every debate student and parent/guardian must read, sign and return the Wellington Debate and Forensic Team Contract. It's also part of the comprehensive Wellington Debate Required Forms Booklet.
Question #8: Once enrolled, what kind of documents does Wellington require for tournament competition? There's a plethora of paperwork students must have on file, whether competing in Palm Beach County or out-of-state. They're also part of the comprehensive Wellington Debate Required Forms Booklet.
Question #9: What does the Wellington Debate Team Student Executive Board look like? Ask and ye can find our list of officers and leaders.
Question #10: How else can I earn National Speech & Debate Association honor points? There's plenty of options available, and here's a (brief) list of some (which are listed on the course syllabus as well).
Question #11: OK, so I'm in the program; where do we travel for competition? From Palm Beach County to ... many places out of state.
Question #12: Does participating in debate cost a lot? Much depends on how many tournaments and where they're located.
Question #13: What role does fundraising play in reducing Wellington Debate and Forensic Team costs? Plenty, given that the Wellington Debate Team travels to approximately 20 tournaments a year.
Question #14: How much time does debate take? Much of this depends on how competitive you want to be.
Question #15: What events are available through Wellington's debate program? There's a variety of different events - political and dramatic.
Question #16: Is the Wellington Debate Team successful? Wellington is one of the top programs in Florida and ranks among the top five percent of all debate programs nationwide.
Question #17: Does Wellington Debate ever host tournaments? Yes, on a regular basis. Click here to review information on the needs we have when hosting tournaments at Wellington High School.
Question #18: To which leagues does Wellington Debate belong? Wellington belongs to three competitive leagues, and also competes at independent tournaments.
Question #19: How can I get involved and support the team? In a plethora of ways. Volunteering time and donations are always appreciated.
Question #20: What if I need more information? You have a number of options, including: (1) e-mailing Wellington Debate and Forensic Team Coach Paul Gaba via this link or (2) calling the Wellington Debate Team office (561-795-4911). He can also be contacted via or .