Dear Parents: About the Wellington High School Red Dawn Debaters

Dear Speech and Debate Parent:

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you and your student into the Wellington Community High School Speech and Debate family. Speech and Debate is an excellent activity that has the potential to help your student in every aspect of education. Past graduates and current varsity testify to the immense benefits of participating in the program. Most of these students agree in high-powered courses like AP History, AP English, Cambridge AICE classes, and many others, Speech and Debate team members have an edge over other students. Because they are familiar with current issues and have already learned research, organization, note-taking, speaking, and critical thinking skills through Speech and Debate, they tend to have an easier time and get better grades.

The success of Speech and Debate participants upon graduation has been phenomenal. Many former league speech and debate students have attended prestigious colleges like Harvard, George Washington, Wake Forest, Duke, Southern Methodist, Northwestern, UPenn, Cornell, and Emory, as well as all Florida public university campuses. Many qualify for scholarships as well. Wherever they go after high school, they all agree on one thing: Speech and Debate helped them to succeed after high school and they’re glad they participated.

Not only is Speech and Debate useful for school, it’s FUN! Speech and Debate gives students the opportunity to meet a wider variety of students from other schools throughout the area and the state. Because Speech and Debate is very much a team activity, your student will be working closely with other students and forming friendships, learning important social and interpersonal communications skills.

Speech and Debate provides many rewards, but it can also be a commitment of time and energy. Parents may find demands placed on their time for transportation, judging, and perhaps chaperoning. There are associated costs as well: tournament entry fees, professional wardrobe, travel expenses, etc. However, the benefits of participation are invaluable and we are glad to have your student as a part of our team.

Please get involved, and let your child see that you support his/her efforts. You can access important league news and check upcoming tournament dates anytime on this website; please check back often.

The Wellington Speech and Debate Team has been built on a long tradition of excellence, the talent and hard work of its members, and the support and encouragement of the administration of Wellington Community High School and the School District of Palm Beach County. Since its inception in 1988, the Red Dawn Debaters have consistently been among the top five percent of all competitive speech and debate programs in the United States, and one of the largest and most successful programs in the state of Florida.

Wellington High School Speech and Debate is the home of 2011-12 Florida Forensics League State Debate Coach of the Year Paul L. Gaba, National Forensic League / National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame Debate Coach Barbara Dale Lauder McCall, and 2016 Florida Forensics League Administrator of the Year Mario Crocetti.