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Dear Ravens and Parents,

 Welcome to the Rice Middle School Speech and Debate team that is open to all students- 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Students prepare for and compete in speech tournaments within the district over the course of the school year.  Speech tournaments take place on Saturdays  and last from 7:30am until 5:30pm.  Students can advance through 3 different rounds of competition and may choose from a variety of interpretation events, public speaking events, and debate (see events and rules page).

     We meet on scheduled weekdays until 4:30 in room 731.  If students are planning on participating in the upcoming speech tournament, this is a great time to prepare and practice in front of other students. 

     All students MUST BE ELIGIBLE to participate in speech tournaments.  All pieces/ performances must be approved by me before taking them to the tournament.  If your child is unable to make it to the after school practices, he/she must set up an appointment time with me to get the selections and material approved.  IF THE PIECE HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE DEADLINE, STUDENTS MAY BE DROPPED FROM THEIR EVENT.

     Should you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to get in touch with me.  Thank you for your support, and I look forward to a wonderful year at Rice.



Mrs. Petropoulos
Speech and Debate Coach
Rice Middle School
(469) 752-6088