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

Student Coaches:
Sydney Schmidt 19sydsch@baxter.k12.ia.us
Abbey Shepley 20abishe@baxter.k12.ia.us

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

“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)
2018 Speech Team

(From left to right, R1: Gracie Bethards, Maya Phelps, Kailee Conradi, Maddie Pierce, Maggie Schabilion, Morgan Kielly, Paige Wolfe, R2: Bryn Schultheis, Andrew Klemme, Piper Larson, Sydney Schmidt, Hailey Pierce, Brooke Lust, Abbey Shepley, Andee Joos, Kaitlyn Headlee, R3: McCade Gowdy, Seth Williams, Brendyn Padget, Braedyn Kelly, Ronan Bundy, Christian Brandt, Ryan Boley)

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 the 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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