Speech and Debate
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.
Public Speaking Events:
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.
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.
Upper School Coaches:
Middle School Coach:
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.
2019–2020 Speech and Debate Team Members
Milton Students Performing at TEDx Beacon Street
Changing the narrative, one Muslim woman at a time, Jana Amin
Black girl magic without the Hogwarts acceptance letter, Nyla Sams
Regardless of the professional field they go into, the skills developed in speech and debate hold students in good stead, whether they find themselves speaking to a board of directors or interviewing for a position. Even in the college admissions process, learning to speak intelligently and cogently is an essential skill.