Colorado Academy’s Speech & Debate Society is off and running.
The goals of CA's Speech & Debate program are to help students develop the public speaking and advocacy skills needed by leaders in an ever-changing world. Through participation in competition and public discourse events, the Speech & Debate Society engages students in the many activities related to public speaking and debate. We also pledge to carry forth the Colorado Academy values of kindness and courage into the speech and debate arena.
The Speech & Debate Society participates in tournaments throughout the year at the state, national, and even international levels. The Colorado state competitions are governed by CHSAA, and CA  competes at the 4A level. Throughout the year, different high schools across the state host tournaments, which may be attended in person, depending on current COVID protocols. National and international tournaments take place virtually for now, but the hope is that we may be able to travel to some of those places in the future.
Still, we have intentionally called ourselves a society because we see speech and debate as much more than a series of competitions. Our group is involved in community outreach with groups such as the Urban Debate League and Horizons. We also partner with California Polytechnic State University to host Spanish-language debates. This Puertas Abiertas (Open Doors) program will be open to Spanish speakers at all levels and will be centered on helping students develop Spanish-language advocacy skills.

Speech & Debate at CA

Speech & Debate Faculty

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  • Jon Vogels

    Dr. Jon Vogels teaches the Upper School Speech & Debate elective and is primarily responsible for supporting students in the speech arena.
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  • Nicholas Aranda

    Nicholas Aranda is Assistant Debate Coach.
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