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

Despite the small size of our school, EMHS has the largest Speech and Debate program in the state and one of the most successful programs in the nation. EMHS won the 2011, 2012 and 2013 State Championships, defeating every other high school in the state, including considerably larger schools like Albuquerque Academy and La Cueva High School. We are members of the New Mexico Speech and Debate Association and the National Forensic League, one of the oldest and most prestigious honor societies in the nation. At the 2013 National Forensic League Tournament, East Mountain High School was named a Debate School of Honor, placing our team in the top 40 schools nationwide. At the 2012 National Tournament, Quinlan Cao, ’12 was named National Student of the Year. EMHS also placed third in the world at the International Public Policy Forum held in New York City, 2013; fifth in 2014; and fifth in 2016.

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 Forensics Coach Trey Smith at 505-480-4481 or tsmith@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/.

2016-2017 Speech & Debate Schedule 

  • September 7: Congress at Santa Fe Roundhouse
  • September 23-24: Los Alamos Full Tournament
  • October 15: EMHS Tournament
  • November 5: Abq School of Excellence Speech Tournament
  • January 14: St. Pius Congress Tournament
  • January 20-21: La Cueva Tournament
  • January 28: Congress State Tournament
  • February 10-11: Farmington Tournament
  • March 2-4: State Tournament
  • March 16-18: District Tournament

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


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