Speech & Debate

Joining Speech & Debate

If public speaking is something you’ve always been interested in, or if it’s something you think you might be, come out for Speech and Debate in 2017-2018! Speech and Debate meets afterschool on Mondays in room 1140.

Speech and Debate at Nelson Mandela High School is a leadership and presentation skills focused extra-curricular for anyone who wants to hone their ability to effectively argue, discuss relevant political and social topics, and ultimately improve their persuasiveness and public speaking. Students participating in Speech and Debate this year have been working to understand the fundamentals of effective speaking (tone, volume, pace, and pronunciation) through constructing engaging introductory speeches and participating in informal debates.

As a recipient of the ConocoPhillips World Schools Debate Development Endowment Fund from Educations Matters, NMHS Speech and Debate is currently conducting fundraisers to offset future Alberta Speech and Debate Association membership fees, club expenses, and fees for participation in external debates for club members. Part 1 of our fundraising initiative involves the “re-branding” of World’s Finest Chocolate Almonds to such names as ‘Emperor’s Choice’, ‘Harambe’s Finest’, and ‘Roast’them Almonds’, with a sales pitch to accompany. Later, Speech and Debate and Leadership will be working together to sell chocolates as part of a Candy-Gram for Valentines Day.

In the coming weeks, we will be showcasing our debates at the Grade 9 Tours, at which time you will have an opportunity to talk with current members about their experience in the club this year. In the late spring, Nelson Mandela will be hosting a debate tournament for grade 9 students from surrounding junior high and middle schools.

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What a successful weekend! Congrats to Our Lady of Rockies Jr. Boys and @BownessHighCBE Jr. Girls on their Championship wins both winning in the final minute of play.

Congrats to our own Saroop and her 1st Place finish last night in the Self-Authored Poetry category at the Sir Winston Churchill Speech Tournament https://t.co/BdVw4eO910

Girls taking on Crescent at MIT. https://t.co/6Hz2TEWHfd

The Inaugural Mandela Invitational Tournament is underway. @MandelaUnited vs. Our Lady of Rockies https://t.co/a942Kv6hy4

Great to see so many students together to cheer on @CanadaSoccerEN during lunch today. https://t.co/HIIhgArJdt

RT @UsihChristopher: So pleased to engage with this inspiring group of young leaders! The 2022-23 Chief Superintendent Student Advisory Council represents high school students across #WeAreCBE. Thanks to staff advisors, school leaders, teachers, and Diversity&Inclusion for empowering student voice! https://t.co/CpbDDbpOxS

Competing at the @FTCTeams Southern Alberta Tournament of the season being hosted at @JCS_Ravens https://t.co/fIgqYTkAEB

RT @Chelsea_OLeary: Huge thank you to both @MandelaUnited and @ABE_Aberhart students for helping our robotics team troubleshoot several issues we had tonight with our robot. They exemplified gracious professionalism. 👏🤩 #WeAreCBE @ValleyCreekCBE https://t.co/vgK91KIhK1

Mandela's Creative Writing and 20-1 pre-AP students embarked on a sensory odyssey in a workshop with local spoken word artist and Canada Arts Council grant recipient, @MirandaKPoet, crafting 'Post-it Poetry' and playing with descriptive 'Weird Words.' https://t.co/j05GgQGUae

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for pickup on Wednesday November 16th from 4:00pm-6:15pm inside the front foyer.