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Debate & Public Speaking Society

By participating in the Debate & Public Speaking Society, students will learn to speak with force and clarity. Members compete nationally and internationally in public speaking tournaments, planned cross-examination debates, and parliamentary extemporaneous debates. Stoneleigh-Burnham is a member of DANEIS.

Founded by Paul Bassett in 1981, the Society has a long history of excellence, but the tradition of debate and public speaking spans more than a century in Stoneleigh-Burnham’s history. Sixteen (and counting) Stoneleigh-Burnham students have ranked as world competitors in debate and public speaking, and countless others have gone on to careers in law, education, advocacy, and government.

Coaches: Karen Pleasant and Jacob Steward