About the Program

Debate involves an individual or a team of debaters working to effectively convince a judge that his or her side of a resolution is, as a general principle, more valid. To see what our students are currently debating. Students in debate come to thoroughly understand both sides of the resolution, having researched each extensively, and learn to think critically about every argument that could be made on each side.  

NSDA (National Speech & Debate Association)

The National Speech & Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities. While our organization has evolved over the decades, our mission is more relevant today than ever before. We connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate. NSDA

2019-2020 Awards

  • Charter Chapter Status

  • Academic All-American

  • Head Coach is Diamond Award Recipient

  • 8 Students went to Nationals in Dallas, Tx

  • 3rd place IN THE NATION IN PROSE

  • Runner-up State Champions

  • 5 Individual State Champions for the State of Iowa

  • Des Moines Roosevelt- 1st-3rd– Duo, 2nd-6th POI, 1st-6th– DI 

  • Heelan- 1st-2nd Novice Congress, 2nd-Varsity Congress

  • Johnston- 1st– DI, 2nd– DI, 3rd– POI, 2nd-Info, 2nd– HI, 2nd– Duo

  • Dowling- 2nd- DI, Semifinalist POI, 2nd– Prose, 4th-Prose

Meet the Advisors

Students in Action