The Stillwater Area High School Speech and Debate Team is proud to celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day on March 1. Stillwater Area High School Speech and Debate Team will celebrate this life-changing activity by sharing speeches students have worked on during the season at a school assembly.

"Speech and debate programs are often overlooked by athletics in and out of our community. It is important to celebrate National Speech Education Day to encourage others to garner support for these students and the special skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives,” said speech and debate team coach Laura Hammond.

National Speech and Debate Education Day was created by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) to recognize and celebrate the positive impact of speech and debate activities on students, schools and communities. The NSDA is the largest interscholastic organization servicing middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the U.S. On March 1, there will be more than 1.5 million speech and debate alumni celebrating speech and debate education nationwide.

From local celebrations to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C., the educational value of speech and debate will be celebrated near and far on March 1. In addition to special events and programs, thousands will share personal stories of how speech and debate changed their lives on social media using the hashtag #WeAreSpeechAndDebate

"Speech and Debate has given me the confidence to pursue opportunities that would otherwise be too far outside my comfort zone,” said Lauren Capra, a former captain of the Stillwater team.

For more information on National Speech and Debate Education Day, visit speechanddebateday.org.

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