EMHS Speech and Debate believes that every student can excel in forensics. As you explore the different events, you will realize that there is something for everyone. Speech and Debate is also an activity where you can get as much out of it as you wish to put in to it. Some students make this activity their priority by attending every tournament, competing on the national circuit, attending summer camp, and practicing everyday. Some students participate in a few local tournaments for the experience of public speaking competition. We provide opportunities for all students, no matter your level of commitment.

“Speech & Debate is everything I was told it would be: exciting, competitive, educational and unforgettable! It brings the same thrill and drive to win as any sport, as well as the same sense of friendship. It’s more than a club; it’s a community worth fighting for.” – Stara Wright, Class 0f 2016

Despite the small size of the school, East Mountain High School has the largest Speech and Debate program in New Mexico and one of the most successful programs in the nation. Founded by Trey Smith in 2007, the team doubled in size each year, eventually being ranked in the top 5 percent of programs nationwide. In 2011, EMHS won the overall school state championship, dethroning Albuquerque Academy’s 24 year hold on that title.

Since then, EMHS has won multiple state titles, consistently finishing higher than much larger high schools. Outside of New Mexico, EMHS also brings home top awards from the National Tournament each year, including the National Student of the Year award in 2012 and national finalists every year since 2011. EMHS is also ranked internationally by participating in the International Public Policy Forum. In this global debate contest, EMHS debated against teams from all over the planet and placed 3rd in 2013, 5th in 2014 and 2016, and 3rd in 2018.
Speech and Debate teaches lifelong skills: public speaking, critical thinking, research, and reasoning. College admission officers consistently rank Speech and Debate as the top extra-curricular activity for high school students, which is why EMHS takes this program so seriously. With over 300 alumni now in colleges and careers across the globe, EMHS Speech and Debate has made a tremendous impact on the lives of many students in New Mexico.

Speech and Debate teaches lifelong skills: public speaking, critical thinking, research, and reasoning. College admission officers consistently rank Speech and Debate as the top extra-curricular activity for high school students, which is why EMHS takes our program so seriously.

For more information about the East Mountain High School Speech and Debate program, please contact  Coach Hannah Flake at hflake@eastmountainhigh.net. To learn more about the Speech and Debate program at East Mountain High School, please visit the team website at http://eastmountaindebate.wordpress.com/.

2016 
National Tournament Qualifiers
Matt Bedeaux, Informative Speaking
Ben Loepz, Original Oratory
Ethan Wade, Congressional Debate
Chloe Hecht, World Schools Debate
Jessie Linder, World Schools Debate
Sofia Hoskins, Congressional Debate
Gina Sanchez, Congressional Debate
Tiffany Delgado, Congressional Debate

State Championships
Samantha Maloy, Humorous Interpretation


2019
National Tournament Qualifiers

Tiffany Delgado, International Extemp
Isaiah Moonlight, Big Questions Debate
Steffen Ortiz, Congressional Debate
Aubrey Amon, Congressional Debate
Autumn Hamman, Congressional Debate
Kellen Nee, Congressional Debate

2018
National Tournament Qualifiers
Gina Sanchez, International Extemp
Samantha Maloy, Humorous Interp
Katelyn Key, Congressional Debate
Atalie Brown, World Schools Debate
Kathryn Jones, World Schools Debate
Tiffany Delgado, Congressional Debate
Kellen Nee, Congressional Debate
Hannah Linder, World Schools Debate
Steffen Ortiz, International Extemp

State Champions
Gina Sanchez, Congressional Debate and International Extemp

2017 
National Tournament Qualifiers
Maria Bentley, Program Oral Interpretation
Gina Sanchez, Congressional Debate
Katelyn Key, World Schools Debate
Tiffany Delgado, Informative Speaking
Kellen Nee, Congressional Debate
Steffen Ortiz, Congressional Debate

State Championships
Gina Sanchez, Congressional Debate


2015
National Tournament Qualifiers
Sofia Hoskins, Congressional Debate
Max Kolomaznik, World Schools Debate
Adelynn Nee, Congressional Debate
Quinter Nyland, Congressional Debate
Jacob Stearns, Humorous Interpretation

State Championships

Adelynn Nee, Humorous Interpretation
Emilie Reese, Expository Speaking

2014
National Tournament Qualifiers
PJ Nyland, Congressional Debate
Katlin Riley, Lincoln Douglas Debate
Jessi Green & Phoebe Cummins, Duo Interpretation
Hallie Brown & Quinter Nyland, Policy Debate


State Championships

PJ Nyland, Congressional Debate
PJ Nyland, Expository Speaking

 


2013
National Tournament Qualifiers
James Clarke, Congressional Debate
Nick Kennedy, International Extemporaneous Speaking
PJ Nyland, U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking
Jessi Green, Humorous Interpretation
Bobby Fielder, Original Oratory
Phoebe Cummins, Duo Oratory
Adelynn Nee, Duo Oratory

State Championships
James Clarke, Congressional Debate & US Extemp Speaking
Eric Eridon, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Sean Glover, Impromptu Speaking
Jessi Green, Humorous Interpretation
PJ Nyland, Expository Speaking
Marc Lucero & Tena Bentley, Duo Interpretation


2012
National Tournament Qualifiers

Quinlan Cao, Public Forum Debate
Jace Reynolds, Public Forum Debate
James Clarke, Congressional Debate
Eric Eridon, Lincoln Douglas Debate
Nick Kennedy, International Extemporaneous Speaking
PJ Nyland, U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking
Marc Lucero, Duo Interpretation
Tena Bentley, Duo Interpretation
Amanda Simmons, Dramatic Interpretation
Jessi Green, Humorous Interpretation

State Championships
Quinlan Cao, International Extemp Speaking and Original Oratory
Jace Reynolds and Quinlan Cao, Public Forum Debate
Ray Demarest, Expository Speaking
Madi Mateski, Dramatic Interpretation

2010
National Tournament Qualifiers

Alyssa Yarber, Dramatic Interpretation
Ray Demarest, Humorous Interpretation
Tim Bedeaux, Congressional Debate

State Championships
Alyssa Yarber, Dramatic Interpretation


2011
National Tournament Qualifiers

Quinlan Cao, International Extemporaneous Speaking
Erin Bush, Lincoln Douglas Debate
Tim Bedeaux, Congressional Debate
Marc Lucero, Duo Interpretation
Jessi Green, Duo Interpretation
Poiette Hilbun, Duo Interpretation
Madi Mateski, Duo Interpretation

State Championships
Ray Demarest, Expository Speaking
Tim Bedeaux, Dramatic Interpretation
Quinlan Cao, Original Oratory
Eric Eridon, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Tim Bedeaux and Nick Kennedy, Varsity Policy Debate



2009
National Tournament Qualifiers

Josh Talamante, Congressional Debate