"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."  - Oscar Wilde

Welcome to the Baxter High School Speech & Debate website! 

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

Ms. Liz Dague, ldague@baxter.k12.ia.us

Volunteer debate coach: 
Mrs. Colette Hill, chill@baxter.k12.ia.us

Baxter speech students have many opportunities to compete in debate, large group and individual speech events. Read more about the events here!

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.  

2014-2015 Season

Ms. Liz Dague, Mark D. (Radio), Harlie D. (Poetry)
State Individual Contest 2015

Jon E., Mark D., Curtis J., Clayton W., Megan R., Eric N., Hannah S., Emily Z., Harlie D., Ms. Liz Dague
District Individual Contest 2015