KDS Speech & Debate Logo Wear – on sale through Oct 13th only

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Clothing and other items decorated with Kent Speech & Debate logo is available for purchase if you want to show your team spirit.
Online orders will be sent in a single shipment to Kent, so there will not be a shipping charge. Contact Diana Capoot with questions – diana.capoot@me.com.
Anyone needing financial assistance with spirit wear should contact Priscilla Scobie at pscobie@kentdenver.org.

Training Sessions for Judging

Parents are required to judge at three tournaments. If you have never judged, you must attend a training session. Training sessions will be held at these times:

  • Sunday, Oct. 1st, 12:00-1:30pm @ Kent
    Led by KDS Coaching Staff
  • Saturday, Oct. 14th, 1pm-3pm @ Cherry Creek High School
    Occurs during Bruin Novice Tournament
    May have opportunity to observe judging
  • Saturday, Oct. 28th @ Castle View HS
    Occurs during Great Pumpkin Novice Tournament
    May have opportunity to observe judging
  • Monday, Oct. 30th, 6-8pm @ George Washington HS, Rm 22
    Taught by the legendary GW Speech & Debate coach, Maryrose Kohan

Snack Fee due @ parent meeting

A $60 per student fee is due at the parent kick-off meeting. This money is used to provide food for the Kent team at tournaments all season long. The tournaments can last 12 hours so we like to provide decently healthy food options for the team members. Please provide cash or check made out to “KDS Speech and Debate” to parent committee chairs at the parent meeting.
If you have trouble paying this fee, please contact Mike Bausch or Ian Hopkins.

Tournament Report – Greenhill Fall Classic in Dallas

Kent attended its first tournament in the prestigious national debate circuit last week. Kent turned in its best showing at the Greenhill tournament ever. Colorado has not traditionally been known as a heavy hitter in the national debate circuit, so the formidable showing by Kent certainly turned heads. Hats off to Coach Mike Bausch for guiding the two pairs representing Kent: Nick Krauss (18) & Jakob Kim (18), and Caden Joseph (19) & Jack Landgraff (20). Kent had victories over schools from Texas, California, Illinois, and Oklahoma. The results portend a strong season for Kent.

Parent Kick-Off Meeting – *Mandatory*

Thu, Sep. 28th, 6:15pm @KDS Dining Hall

Learn about the different Speech and Debate events you can compete in, the tournament season, and what to expect on tournament days. Learn what the participation requirements are for both students and families. Meet the coaches and parent reps. Sign up for required and volunteer shifts/activities.

  • 6:15-6:30pm – light appetizers/mix and mingle
  • 6:30-7:15pm – meeting

Start-Up Clinics

Sept. 10, 17, 23, Oct 1,   12-3pm @ Kent

Start-up clinics are workshops where students can begin working on skills for the upcoming season. They are perfect for novice students and a great place for returning competitors to brush up on their skills. The clinics give new students exposure to different types of events so they can decide what events they want to compete in. The clinics are drop-in style, no sign-up required. Coaches and team captains will be at the clinics to support team members preparing for the new season.

Who’s Who

Who’s Who 

We welcome several new people to this year’s Coaching Staff Ian and Abby, we are honored to have you join the KDS Speech & Debate family. And warm hugs to our returning coaches, you know how much we appreciate you!

  • 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 Co-Chairs:  parentrep@kdsspeechdebate.com

  • Colleen Attoma-Mathews: attomamathews @gmail.com
  • Lee-Ann Krauss: ljkrauss1 @comcast.net

Communications Chair – Caroline Starbird: carolinestarbird @gmail.com
Judging Chair – Richard Huttner: rbhuttner @gmail.com