Debate Club

December News!

posted Nov 1, 2017, 6:18 AM by Geeta Nisraiyya

November News!

posted Nov 1, 2017, 6:16 AM by Geeta Nisraiyya   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 6:16 AM ]

A short month with Teachers Convention, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Recess. We will be meeting once again on Thursday, 11/2/17 and our debate will take place on Thursday, 11/30/17.

Topic voted and to be debated is "Should gun control be legalized". 

October news!

posted Nov 1, 2017, 5:49 AM by Geeta Nisraiyya   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 6:26 AM ]

Debate Club will be meeting on Thursday, 10/5/17 immediately after school in Room 222 to discuss and vote on the topic of debate for Thursday, 10/26/17

Please be there, show your support and enthusiasm! Take the stand to verbally to agree or disagree!

September News!

posted Sep 19, 2017, 9:09 AM by Geeta Nisraiyya   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 6:23 AM ]

Here we go....all students come join the club as it has a great essence. Don't be shy, you like to voice out your opinions and thoughts supported by facts, see me Mrs. Nisraiyya in Room 222.

We will kick off the club on Thursday, 9/14/17 immediately after school in my room where we will sign up, take the pledge, and welcome all suggestions for this year.. 

We will meet to discuss the speakers, topics and any suggestions twice this month after school in Room 222. Don't forget to listen to the morning announcements and check Remind 101.
Please show your support and be there promptly all speakers, members and audience. Yes! We have room for new members and even if not interested in speaking, be there to support the club and who knows, the discussion may spark up your interest for next debate.

We encourage new speakers each debate and as before have a 3 member panel of "FOR" and "AGAINST" teams. Rebuttals will be held and also, feedback on oratory speeches will be given to each speaker personally one-on-one.

Looking forward to this event....

Mrs. Nisraiyya 

Debate Club Topics

posted Jan 30, 2017, 7:07 AM by Geeta Nisraiyya   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 7:08 AM ]

Debate Club Sample Topics

  1. Do school uniforms make school a more effective place to learn?
  2. Is the grading system used in high school effective?
  3. Should personal laptops be allowed in classrooms?
  4. Should jobs be subcontracted into developing countries?
  5. Should all schools make it a requirement to teach arts and music to their students?
  6. Should cell phones be used during class?
  7. Should plastic bags be banned?
  8. Should cigarettes be banned from society?
  9. Should professional athletes and a-list celebrities get paid millions of dollars?
  10. Can the SAT accurately determine a student’s intelligence?
  11. Is blocking websites on the school internet effective?
  12. Should GMO’s be banned in the U.S.? (Genetically Modified Organisms)
  13. Should the capital punishment be legal?
  14. Is the Fast-Food industry accountable for obesity?
  15. Should school cafeterias be converted into food courts?
  16. Are spectator sports overemphasized in America?
  17. Should we accept the inherent risk of contact sports?

Debate Club Pledge

posted Jan 30, 2017, 7:02 AM by Geeta Nisraiyya

Debate Club




Y signing this pledge, I agree to show up to debate club meetings as well as volunteer to participate by speaking in open debate. If no participant comes forward, I agree to be randomly chosen as a speaker for debate. Membership in the debate club requires active participation by speaking and showing up to scheduled meetings.



Debate Club Student Rubrics

posted Dec 15, 2016, 7:43 AM by Geeta Nisraiyya

For This Debate:

·        for the first debate, procedure will go as follows










4 min.

4 min.

3 min.

4 min.

2 min.

2 min.


·        AC/NC

o   Affirmative/Negative Constructive

o   present arguments in favor or against resolution

o   cannot answer opposing side arguments

·        AR/NR

o   Affirmative/Negative Rebuttal

o   time to refute opposing sides argument and rebuild own argument

·        AS/NS

o   Affirmative/Negative Summary

o   argue why your team won the debate

o   no new arguments can be mentioned

·        At the end, the judges will decide who won the debate

Expectations of the Speaker:

·        you will be assessed on these criteria on a 1-4 scale

o   Appearance (professional attire)

o   Preparedness (written speech for affirmative and notes for rebuttal)

o   Speaking Ability (no stuttering, fluency)

o   Proficiency (understands the resolution and its arguments

December Debate News!

posted Dec 15, 2016, 7:39 AM by Geeta Nisraiyya   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

All Debate Club members! We will be having our first kickoff debate Friday, December 16th, at 2:45 pm in SAHS Room #219. All participants, members and audience please be there promptly. (Moving forward we will hold our debates in the cafeteria/auditorium as available)

The demo topic chosen this month by the students is "Should cigarettes be banned from society"?
Interested participants please see one of the Club representatives and/or the advisors to sign up. Rubrics will be handed out during our class meeting and your suggestions are important.
Class Representatives are as follows:

Gabriel Nunez
Michalina Modzelewska
Roushmi Akhter
Grace Gonzalez

John Paul Bellanich is the Club Assistant.

Debate Club 2017-2018

posted Dec 12, 2016, 4:58 AM by Geeta Nisraiyya   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 8:54 AM ]

2017-2018 DEBATE CLUB

Co Advisors: Geeta Nisraiyya & Russell Stoddard


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 “Don't raise your voice, improve your argument."

― Desmond Tutu

Motto of the Club:

 This Club is aimed at bringing to bare the oratory strength in high school students. It will build confidence in them to face a crowd of peers and make audible speeches. The Club also assists in the development of their writing skills as well as to open minds to appreciate other student’s literary thoughts. It will not only enable students who are good speakers but also motivate & cultivate students who are not so confident or verbal to improve, all in a conducive and acceptable manner.

Outline of the Club:

 The Club will meet as early as September 2017 until May of 2018, in Room 222 once a month. Students will be given few acceptable & debatable topics and will prepare to have speeches. Five (5) debates will be held once a month effective October 2017 through April 2018 

A panel of judges (faculty/staff) will vote on the best speech and runner-up each & incentive to the winner can be as simple as a certificate, a reward, or a prize.

Rules & Regulations:

Members & participants have to be respectful of each other with no personal remarks to the opponent speeches. There will be  healthy discussions and debates to boost public-speaking, confidence and literary abilities in each other. Judges will be unbiased and advising staff will offer guidance, encouragement & promote growth necessary for the real world.

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