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Debate Handbook

1st Vice President  
2nd Vice President
Historian/ Social Media  
Policy Captain  
Lincoln Douglas Capt
WSD Captain
Congress Captain  

Debate can change your life:
Everyone is a debater -- must watch ---

Former Debater Testimony: Debate prepared me for college more than AP classes

20 reasons why debaters are better prepared for adulthood.

Dressing for success leads to success

Grapevine High School Debate team has a history of success and excellence. GHS Students have won the TOC Top Speaker Award, TFA State, UIL State, as well as many local and national level tournaments.
Debate students participate in Policy (CX) debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate, World Schools Debate, & Extemporaneous Speaking.
To be a member of the team, a student must take Debate I and continue throughout their high school year. Students who successfully compete and gain enough points through competition become eligible for membership in the National Speech and Debate Association/National Forensic League, the 2nd most prestigious Honor Society for high school students.
Debate information - why take debate and what does it involve

Grapevine Classic 2014 video:

Tournament video
End of the year 2013 video:

Debate Yard Signs

TFA logo


For more information see the teacher page of the Debate coach, Ficker Tesfaye, or email her at: [email protected]

Interesting Links:
CBS Morning News:
Texas Forensics Association:
National Speech and Debate Association:
Debate Central:
Wiki Judge philosophies:
Commission on Presidential Debates: