Here at SCHS, there is a large variety of clubs and organizations that students can partake in throughout the year. Within the sea of all these clubs, one has somehow managed to be overlooked by many students, the Speech and Debate club. Speech and Debate revolves around building up formal speaking skills for everyone who is a part of it, as well as making students more confident in public speaking.
There are many different benefits that students can reap from Speech and Debate. This club also helps students develop better listening skills, in addition to better critical thinking skills. These skills help students perform better overall in school, especially in writing courses. Having good communication skills is not only essential for developing and maintaining good relationships with others, but also essential for life in general, such as job interviews, presentations, communicating with co-workers, etc. If you have a fear of public speaking, then this club will help you to overcome that obstacle.
Noah Jenkins, the captain of the speech and debate club, has a lot to say about the club. He has been the most active and prominent member, since he was a freshman, and is the current captain of the team. When asked to relay what he believed to be the greatest benefit to come from joining the club, he answered that "the communication skills gained are necessary for not only, making and, maintaining deep relationships with others, but for other aspects of life outside of social instances." After being asked what he would like to say to someone who is brand new to the club as a warning, he said 'many of the people, especially the private school kids, look very put together and intimidating." He continues, "despite that, the pros of the club far outweighs the cons."
There are many different categories of speech and Debate for students to participate in, all which center around different communication skills.
The speech and debate club are a club that allows students to develop skills that are essential for not only social situations but for life in general. Despite how overlooked it is by many students, it is a very important club that any student should at least try and join.