Annual Speech & Debate Showcase
Tuesday, March 6th in Anschutz Theatre

Please invite friends and family! We would love a packed house.

This is a great opportunity to see how your students spend their Saturdays throughout the school year. It is also a great way for younger students to learn what Speech & Debate is all about. There will be a lovely dessert buffet starting at 6:30 pm that includes a chocolate fondue fountain and many gluten free options. At 7 pm there will be speech and debate entertainment that is sure to delight.

Please sign up to help with Showcase.

Help to sponsor the Speech and Debate program. There are different levels of patronage and appreciate anything you can provide. Your sponsorship will be recognized in the Showcase program. The money raised from your sponsorship is used for competition entry fees for all participants, travel subsidies, and scholarship funds that enable all members of the team to participate fully in the program.

Sponsorship levels:

  • Excellence………. $10
  • Bronze…………… $50
  • Silver……………. $100
  • Gold…………….. $500
  • Platinum………… $1,000+

All donations can be made by cash or check payable to Kent Denver School with memo of
“Speech and Debate Sponsorship”. Turn in your sponsorship to the Upper School Enterprise desk or on the evening of the Showcase event at the entrance of the theater. Thank you in advance for your support of Kent Denver Speech and Debate – we are very grateful!

Judges needed for State Quals and NSDA Quals

Please volunteer to judge at state quals on February 23rd and 24th and NSDA quals on April 6th and 7th.  This is the best time of year to come out and judge.  You will see students selected by their coaches to represent their schools to earn the right to go to state and nationals!
Sign up to judge here.

To judge at state quals, you need to take a test that can be accessed here.  You just need to login and select regional qualifying and state tournament from the drop down menu.  The test takes about a half hour. You can have the handbook open in another tab.  Please note one important difference between the handbook and the test:  the correct answer on the test is that you must say stop at 10:15 or 7:15 (depending on the event), but the handbook says 10:30.  Please select the 10:15 option for those questions.

We know this is a lot to take in, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Ian at

State Qualifying Tournament

Friday, Feb. 23rd & Saturday, Feb. 24th

Friday, February 23 events:

  • HI
  • DI
  • Oratory
  • Extemp
  • Poetry

Saturday, February 24:

  • All debate events
  • Info
  • Duo
  • POI

Students competing on Friday will be dismissed at 1:00 pm. The bus will leave at 1:30 pm.  Students may drive themselves, but cannot leave school until 1:30 pm and must follow the bus.  Students can sign up for the bus here.  Sign up must be completed by Wednesday, February 21.  You can follow the tournament schedule here.  The tournament will be at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock.

Summer Speech & Debate Camps

Read the coaches’ detailed letter to learn about what summer camps are available, what your student can gain from them, and which camps are recommended.

Important Contacts

Coaching Staff 

  • Mike Bausch – Debate Director
  • Ian Hopkins – Speech Director
  • Abby Deely – Speech and Debate Fellow
  • Eddie Young – Speech Coach
  • Jen Woodley – Speech Coach
  • Jeff Joseph – Lincoln Douglas Debate Coach
  • Nate Graziano – Debate Coach

Parent Committee Chairs
Lee-Ann Krauss and Colleen Attoma-Mathews –