Speech and Debate tackles oncoming season

Kaitlin Barnett
Leading strong into her second year as Crowder’s speech and debate instructor, Kristen Stout has high hopes for the team as they continue to travel for upcoming events and is proud of their accomplishments thus far.

“Everyone has done really well collectively. Last year was my first year and I was really nervous about it, but we’re all finally figuring things out and I’m really excited about it,” said Stout.gavel

The speech and debate team recently attended a tournament at Southwestern Baptist University and was awarded as the Top Community College, as well as had many individual teams place in the top 15 of their events.
The speech and debate team will soon be attending another competition in December where approximately twelve students will be competing and are also looking forward to the Missouri Association of Forensics state tournament in the spring.

Billy Ketcherside, speech and debate participant, says, “The speech team is a way to use your intellect and other skills to create characters that you can use to win competitions. It feels good to be a part of something as interesting as this club.”

“Everyone should try debate! Even if you’ve never done it before and you don’t think you would be good at it, I would encourage everybody to try it. A lot of people on our team had never tried it before and they ended up loving it,” said Kristen Stout.

For more information on the program contact Stout at 417-455-5703 or email KristenStout@Crowder.edu.