107 Jamz Salutes The Washington-Marion Speech & Debate Team
Congratulations to Washington-Marion Magnet High School Speech and Debate Team! The only SWLA school to compete in the 2015 State Speech Competition on March 28.
Congratulations to Washington-Marion Magnet High School Speech and Debate Team! The schools Speech and Debate Team was the only SWLA school to qualify to compete in the upcoming 2015 State Speech Competition on March 28. This is quite an accomplishment and we are so proud of you. We know you will represent Lake Charles, Louisiana well.
This isn't the schools first rodeo at Speech/Debate competitions. They was revived in August 2014 and since the students have returned, they've gone on to win more than 25 Trophies, placed First or Second at more than 5 competitions. The students often stress the importance of public speaking for young people when performing at various Schools, Churches, and Community Organizations stressing the importance of Public Speaking for young people.
By participating in speech/debate teams and organization students become confident public speakers, develop excellent communication skills, become critical thinkers, and engage in conversations that change society. It’s also been proven that Speech/Debate teams enhance literacy skills and essential higher order thinking skills in Minority Students. Which is great motivation for young people to use their voice, instead of their fist.
Washington-Marion Magnet High School has three seniors on the speech/debate team and all of them have been offered full Scholarships to compete in College for Internationally known Speech and Debate Programs.
Cary Chavis, a Wiley College Speech/Debate Alumni, coaches the Washington Marion Speech/Debate Team. Wiley College’s Debate Team was portrayed in the 2007 Oscar Nominated movie “The Great Debaters” featuring Denzel Washington. Chavis has also been nominated for Louisiana Speech League Coach of the Year.
If you or your organization would like to help offset the teams travel expenses, they are excepting monetary donations at gofundme.com/wmdebate. Check can be made out to: Wash-Marion Speech/Debate Team 2802 Pineview St. Lake Charles, La 70601
Once again congratulations to you all. Your hard work has paid off. Job well done and we wish you the very best!