“If you are looking for something, don't go sit on the seashore and expect it to come and find you; you must search, search, search with all the stubbornness in you!” -Konstantin Stanislavski (Inventor of Method Acting)

Welcome to the Baxter High School Speech & Debate website! 

Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to be a part of our team. 

Mr. Ryan Boley,  rboley@baxter.k12.ia.us

Mrs. Applegate-Brummel, capplegate@baxter.k12.ia.us

Baxter speech students have many opportunities to compete in debate, large group and individual speech events!

2017 Speech Team

(From left to right, back) Shane, Kaitlynn, Micah, Mary, Bryn, Mr. Boley, Andrew, Brendyn, Emma, Elena, Christian
(Front) Maya, Paige, Morgan

What is the IHSSA?

IHSSA (or Iowa High School Speech Association) is an organization open to all high schools in the state of Iowa.  IHSSA is a performance organization, rather than a championship organization.  Students are recognized for individual performance, rather than "beating" someone else in competition.  Large group competitions are held in late January, and individual event competitions in late February/March.

The Iowa High School Speech Association consists of high schools from four districts in Iowa.  Baxter High School participates in the Southeast District of Iowa.  The IHSSA hosts competitions in Large Group and Individual Events (see description on back).  At district contest, students must receive a Division I Rating to move on to State competition.  At State, students must earn a Division I Rating AND receive nominations from judges to move on to All-State.  At Large Group All-State Festival, students may earn the Critic's Choice Award from the judge as the best performance of the day.  

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