FAQ 5: How much does participating in speech and debate cost?

Wellington’s $50,000+ annual speech and debate team budget is funded solely by the members of the program; therefore, the program is involved in fundraising activities. The more we raise, the less tournaments cost students and families. A yearly competition/dues payment is expected from each student competitor. This covers tournament fees for “local” Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League tournaments (which take place one Saturday a month) during the current school year, individual and program membership fees in the National Speech & Debate Association, National Catholic Forensic League, and Florida Forensic League, and subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, script purchases, literature, and other materials needed for the program. Other tournaments may cost more, depending on travel, overnight stays, tournament fees, meals, etc.