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Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate scholarships available

The Simpson College Speech and Debate Scholarship is awarded based on high school speech and debate experience. Consideration can also be given for other public speaking experience. Apply online today.

Simpson College Speech and Debate Coaches Spencer Waugh (far left) and Eduardo Magalhaes pose with members of the 2021 team.

Coaches who care

Spencer Waugh leads Simpson's program and has literally built it from the ground up. Starting with no students and no program when he arrived at Simpson, in less than six years, he built a powerhouse team with two national championships, one runner-up national champion, multiple individual student national champions and an expanding trophy case of impressive accolades from tournaments and competitions across the country.

He is supported by a team of equally talented and dedicated coaches who work with each student to bring out their best, teaching them not only techniques to win tournaments but providing students with valuable presentation, critical thinking and teamwork skills necessary for success after college.

Coaches include: Steven Gill, LD coach | Eduardo Magalhaes, Debate coach | Tyler Buller, Mock Trial coach.

Building a team philosophy

When you participate in Speech and Debate, you become a part of something bigger than yourself. You are an important part of the team, dedicated to helping each other be their best competitor and their best self.

You learn how to understand all sides of an issue. That takes assistance from others and embracing different points of view. This helps team cohesiveness and helps you become a more educated and a better person and debater.

The team will encourage you, challenge you and support you as you learn and grow and develop skills you will take with you and use for the rest of your life. Winning is important but team unity is what makes Simpson Speech and Debate special.

You don't have to have experience to participate

Don't worry if you've never done this before. Many successful team members did not have speech and debate experiences in high school. You only need a desire to learn, grow, work hard and support one another to succeed.

Members of the Simpson College Speech and Debate team pose with a national championship trophy.

Debate Camp

Part of Simpson's commitment to speech and debate is to make it easy for high school coaches to reach out to Simpson and get the resources they need to create successful programs. To that end, Simpson has created the Public Forum Debate Camp at Simpson.

The camp includes five days of direct instruction, practice rounds and a camp tournament. Students and coaches will be taught by some of the top debate instructors in the country. Small lab groups will be capped at eight students per instructor, assuring that each student receives plenty of one-on-one help. Both experienced and first-time debaters will benefit from this camp.

We have kept the camp affordable. For commuters who do not require lodging, the price is $440. That includes all meals except breakfast. For others, the price is $540, which includes meals and lodging. Students and coaches will stay in air-conditioned rooms. Evening activities and supervision will be provided. This is a fantastic opportunity to improve your debate skills and have fun. We encourage everyone to take part!

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