Speech and Debate

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For many years, Milton students have taken advantage of an exciting opportunity that is legendary among Milton alumni—to learn the fundamentals of performance, literary interpretation, public address and debate as members of a supportive team. Team members perform in tournaments locally and around the country in several categories of events. They earn awards ranging from individual state and national championships to team honors.

Speech Team

Speech Events

Interpretation Events:
Prose Reading
Children’s Literature
Humorous Interpretation
Duo Interpretation
Poetry Reading
Dramatic Interpretation
Play Reading
Multiple Reading

Public Speaking Events:
Extemporaneous Speaking
Group Discussion
Radio Broadcasting
Declamation
Original Oratory
Congress
Novice Extemporaneous

Speech Team Practices

Each student must meet with a base coach for a 30-minute session each week.

In preparation for some tournaments, the speech team will hold work nights or afternoons. (These will not conflict with dorm study hall.) Speech team members are required to attend. Work nights will be announced several days (usually three weeks) in advance.

The Speech Team meets during Tuesday Activities at 3:00 in Kellner, room 229.

Speech Tournaments

Tournaments are held on Saturdays (Massachusetts Forensic League and Boston Catholic Forensic League tournaments) from 6:30 a.m. (departure) until 9 p.m. (return to Milton.)

Students must be at the tournament until the end of the awards ceremony (unless there is an emergency or special occasion approved by the director).

Tournaments start in October and run throughout the entire school year culminating in two national tournaments held in May and June.

Contact Information

Upper School Coaches:

Weston Elkins
Weston_Elkins@milton.edu
617-898-2153

Patrice Jean-Baptiste
Patrice_JeanBaptiste@milton.edu
617-898-2133

Peter Parisi
Peter_Parisi@milton.edu
617-898-2424

Middle School Coaches:

Debbie Simon
Debbie_Simon@milton.edu
617-898-2132

Yoshi Makishima
Yoshi_Makishima@milton.edu
617-898-2132

Debate Team

The debate team seeks to cultivate in its members a passion for intellectual discourse. Milton’s debate program emphasizes many of the same tenets as Milton’s academics: cogency in speech, thorough understanding of material, and hard work. The debate team competes regionally, nationally and internationally against debaters from other secondary schools. The Milton Academy Debate Team is a member of the Massachusetts Forensic League, The National Forensic League, The Catholic Forensic League, and the Debate Association of New England Independent Schools.

Contact Information

Coaches:
Weston Elkins
Weston_Elkins@milton.edu
617-898-2153

Gregg Deehan
Gregg_Deehan@milton.edu
617-898-2357

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