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Speech and Debate

The Simpson College Speech and Debate Team is a nationally ranked, top 10 Pi Kappa Delta Program.

Simpson College Debate has won the National Championship (Sweepstakes at Pi Kappa Delta) twice, in 2016 and in 2018.  It was National Runner-Up in 2017.

A dedicated group of students participates on the speech and debate team at Simpson each year. These students spend many hours prepping, practicing and debating each other prior to regional and national competitions in addition to their coursework and other extracurricular involvement.  We offer weekly large group and individual practice sessions.

The teams are coached by Spencer Waugh, Deano Pape, Chase McCool, Eduardo Magalhaes III, and Marty Feeney.

Simpson is also pleased to host an annual summer Debate Camp for high school students.

Click here for more information about Speech or Debate.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Spencer Waugh.


Simpson Debate Team Captures National Title — Again!


For the second time in three years, in the spring of 2018, Simpson has won the national title in debate, defeating 81 colleges and universities. The debate team was the national runner-up a year ago. 

Other Accomplishments from the Speech and Debate team:

DebateSimpson Debate wins Sweepstakes at Central Missouri State (Fall, 2018)


Simpson College Speech & Debate, Lexington, KY.  2016 National Debate Sweepstakes Champions




Simpson College Speech & Debate take second at the Gorlok Gala tournament (Spring, 2018)