• Moderator: Tom Puhr
• Level: Middle School
• Days: Tuesday/Thursday
Looking to become a better public speaker and discuss fascinating topics with your classmates? Sign up for rhetoric enthusiast Mr. Puhr’s debate club and learn how to both judge and participate in a public debate! Public speaking is an essential, lifelong skill that will help to make you a more confident and compelling speaker.
● Debate Topics: Range from the downright silly (mustard vs. ketchup) to serious (politics and culture).
● Debate Styles: Participate in both “shotgun” (on the fly) and prepared/researched debates.
● Competition: Hone your skills for the third annual Northridge spring debate tournament, and compete for a spectacular prize. Celebrate the tournament’s completion with Mr. Puhr’s end of year ice cream party.
Basic outside research will be required for some research-based debates, but most work will be done during the activity period itself. Opportunities to participate in multi-school debate competitions outside of Northridge hours may arise, and you will be encouraged to sign up! Last year’s participants returned to Northridge with a slew of prizes and represented The Knights in grand fashion.