19-20 School Year State Champions
18-19 School Year State Champions
18-19 School Year Region Champions (3A District 16)
18-19 School Year 1st place at the Patriot Pride Tournament
16-17 & 17-18 School Years 3rd Place State Champions
The debate program at Providence Hall High School is for students in grades 9-12. Students may participate in the program through our classes, in the after school program, or both! We strive to foster a healthy environment for students of all levels—from novice to varsity. As part of our program, varsity students work with novices to help them learn the ropes of debate. We are proud to provide a program where we look out for each other.
Those are our program’s three rules. We hope to keep fun at the center of everything we do—whether we’re in the classroom or at a competition. When we compete, we make sure that we get to each round. No matter how hard it gets, we keep on going. We learn to do hard things! We value knowledge and focus on making sure that we learn every single time we go to a debate round.
Participating in debate can be highly rewarding experience for students! It’s a great way to make friends and to have a great discussion with your peers. In the words of Mr. Porter, “You will always need to know how to communicate”. Other benefits include academic progress and scholarship opportunities. Students who do debate typically do better on tests and many colleges offer debate scholarships.
We often travel to other schools around the Salt Lake Valley. If we go to state or national championships, we may travel to other areas of the state or even to other states. For example, we’ve gone to the state championship in Moab and nationals in Dallas in previous years.
See the Fee Schedule.
We go to 10 tournaments a year, including National Qualifiers, Region, and State.
The subjects that we cover vary, but we often focus on morality, hypothetical government policies, and mainstream issues. Certain speech events may be geared around motivational speeches rather than traditional debate.
If students want to join the debate program, the first thing they should do is be aware of what’s going on around them. Watch the news, start writing, and learn to have fun conversations with their friends where they can banter back and forth.
This is a program for everyone! Just like how the movie Ratatouille’s character Gusteau’s motto is “Anyone can cook”, we believe that anyone can debate. With an experienced teacher and supportive classmates at their side, we believe that any student novice can grow to be a great debater.
Can you see yourself tactfully crafting arguments and digging deep into research topics? If so, it’s time to start thinking about joining our debate program. Talk with your parents and school counselor about participating in debate at Providence Hall. We’d love to have you join one of our classes, or even our after school program. Also, feel free to stop by the debate classroom and talk with our instructor Mr. Porter about the program.