Speech & Debate

speech team

Team Description:
The Cathedral High School Speech and Debate Team is open to all students from all grades. It is the team’s goal to develop student speakers who are capable of competing at the local, state, and national level. Cathedral has a novice team and a varsity team. Practices are held after school from 3:20-5:00 pm in Room 4238 in Kelly Hall. The practice schedule varies depending on the number of events and the level of the student's ability. The Speech and Debate Team begins preparing in September and finishes competing in March. Typically a student will practice two days a week and must attend a minimum of six tournaments. Tournaments are held on Saturdays. The Cathedral team co-sponsors, with the Office of Diversity and Admissions, the annual MLK Middle School Speech Invitational. The team also runs a middle school Speech Camp in June. Speech and Debate team fees are $90. This fee includes membership in the National Speech and Debate Association, the Indiana High School Forensics Association, and entry fees for the State Tournament and Districts. Students are responsible for their own competition wardrobe.

To learn more about the Speech and Debate Team, contact Coach Jeanne Malone at jmalone@gocathedral.com.

Location and Time of Practice:
Practices are held after school from 3:20-5:00 pm in Room 4238 Kelly Hall. 

Cost / Fees:
Speech and Debate Team fees are $90.

Jeanne Malone


Welcome to the 2018-19 Speech and Debate Season

The Cathedral High School Speech and Debate Team is open to all students from all grades. Team practices are after school with speech and debate meets on Saturdays. The team is led by our co-captains Sammy Kacius and Anna Pohl. Cathedral's Speech and Debate Team is an active member of the National Speech and Debate Association. We also maintain a membership in the Indiana High School Forensic Association as well as the National Catholic Forensic League. Our team is coached by Mrs. Jeanne Malone.

Competitive speech and debate is a fantastic way to develop the speaking skills of a beginner or hone the skills of experienced students who aspire to speak at the collegiate level. Being a skilled public speaker is an essential life skill whether it's in the classroom or on the job. In life most people will find themselves standing behind a podium or engaging others with stories to communicate thoughts and ideas. In competitive speech and debate, students have the opportunity to specialize in several of eighteen different events, gaining an eclectic set of experiences while vying for ribbons and trophies as well as making friends.

For a high school speech and debate program to be successful, it needs the support of parents and family members. At tournaments, the team is required to bring judges in proportion to the number of students we register. Please contact Mrs. Jeanne Malone and register to be a judge today!

Coaching Staff

Head Coach    Jeanne Malone   Coach's Weekly Update
Asst. Coach Chris Gray  

Team Events

Competitive Debate Events


USA World School Debate


Congressional Debate (House and Senate)

2018 -2019 Speech & Debate Tournament Schedule

Date Meet & Location
Oct 13 Novice Debate @ Ben Davis
Oct 16 Pizza with Parents (CHS Cafeteria 6-7:30P)
Nov 10 Speech @ Southport; Debate @ Bloomington South
Nov 17 Speech @ New Castle; Debate @ Ben Davis
Dec 1 Speech & Debate at IUPU-Columbus
Jan 5 Speech & Debate @ Fishers
Jan 12 Speech @ Noblesville
Jan 18-19 DISTRICT DEBATE** @ Kokomo
Jan 19 MLK Middle School Meet @ CHS (All Speech team members must attend)
Jan 25-26 STATE DEBATE* @ Southport
Feb 9 Speech @ Avon
Feb 16 Speech and DISTRICT CONGRESS** @ Columbus East
Feb 23 SPEECH SECTIONALS* @ TBA (Top 6 per event qualify for State Finals) 
Mar 2 SPEECH DISTRICTS** @ Hamilton SE
Mar 9 STATE SPEECH Finals @ Fishers
Apr 13 INDIANA STATE Catholic HS Speech Finals @ Marian University (Roster TBA)
Jun 15-21 NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE Tournament in Dallas, TX

* SECTIONALS: Top 6 finishers in each event go on to STATE FINALS

**DISTRICTS: Top 2 finishers per event qualify for NATIONALS

NOTE: Students are required to attend 6 meets before SECTIONALS.
This schedule is subject to change due to weather or new meets offered closer to campus.


National Speech and Debate Association   (National Forensic League)

IHSFA.org     (Indiana High School Forensic Association)

NCFL.org   (National Catholic Forensic League)

SpeechWire   (Tournament Results)

4n6 Fanatics Vault   (Student Speech Files)

Previous Years' Results

2012-2013 Speech Team Results

2013-2014 Speech Team Results

2015-2016 Speech Team Results