Speech and Debate

speech and debate team

Speech and debate is a nationally recognized extracurricular activity that high school students can participate in. Learning and applying styles like spontaneous, extemporaneous, and expository speaking during competitive tournaments builds confidence and comfort to present in public. Students get the opportunity to compete against the best high schools in the area, state, and country and showcase their analytical, critical thinking, and research skills on a bigger stage.

Carrie and Luisa

We are thrilled to announce that Luisa Barrantes ‘24 and Carrie Truong ‘25 have qualified to compete at the highest level in the prestigious National Speech and Debate Championships 2024, hosted by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) in Des Moines, Iowa from June 15 to June 22, 2024. 

To make this dream a reality, we need our Pilot community’s support.

This remarkable achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, who have spent countless hours honing their skills in public speaking, critical thinking, and persuasive argumentation. Participating in this national competition will not only provide them with an invaluable educational experience but also an opportunity to represent our school on a national stage.

SJND educator and the speech and debate moderator, Nicole Wong has been a member of the Golden Gate Speech and Debate Association (GGSA) for over half her life. She grew up with the GGSA and met life long friends and mentors who have guided and shared with her the passion of the importance of public speaking. First as a student competitor, next as an assistant coach, and for the last ten years head coach. The last five years she has grown the team from two to a team of 13, and her dream is to grow it to 100.

By supporting our speech and debate team, you are investing in the future of our students, fostering their confidence, critical thinking abilities, and communication skills – essential tools for success in any career path they choose. 

Please consider making a donation today to help our students shine on the national stage and achieve their goals. Your generous contributions will not only support our team's participation in this year's national tournament but also help us achieve our long-term goals of growing the program and providing more opportunities for our students.

Thank you for your support!