West High

Speech & Debate

Sign up to Judge for our National Qualifying Tournament

Here is the URL for judge sign ups! Forward it to your friends! https://bit.ly/2FjmZlS


Tournament Plan and Schedule: which ones are you going to? HERE

Judging Speech and Debate!

Interested in Judging? Sign up HERE!

Speech and Debate Meetings and Tournament Info:

Returning Members meeting will be Monday 9/4/17 in Auditorium

Kickoff Tournament Schedule

Meet your coaches:

Ms. Danni Petak, Head Debate Coach



Miss Nurre, Head Speech Coach

Rm. 223

School phone: 406-281-5658


2018-2019 Speech & Debate Tournament Schedule

Nov. 3, 2018 Billings Kickoff @ Skyview High

Nov. 9-10, 2018 AA Eastern Regional (Butte)

Dec. 7-8, 2018 Bozeman

Dec. 14-15, 2018 Helena

Jan. 4-5, 2019 Trapper Rendezvous (NWC, Powell, WY)

Jan. 11-12, 2019 Great Falls

Jan. 25-26, 2019 AA State Tournament (Kalispel)

Feb. 8-9, 2019 National Qualifier (Billings @ West High)

Some JV tournaments may be added; dates and times will be announced at Monday meetings.


First Meeting for Returning Members Wednesday, Aug 29 RM 223

Team Captain Applications Available Tuesday, Sept 4

Team Captain Applications Due to Coaches Monday, Sept 10

Classroom recruiting visits Wednesday, Sept 12

Informational meeting for new members LUNCH, Wed Sept 19 in Library

Homecoming Concessions Friday, Sept 14 (@Dalys Stadium)

Saturday Live Saturday, Sept 22

First practice Monday, Oct 1

Regular Monday Meetings 3:15 Every Monday in RM 223

Parent meeting in the Auditorium Tuesday, Oct 23 (6 pm)

Judges Training 2018 Thursday, Nov 1 (6 pm)

Quilt Raffle Drawing Thursday, Nov 10

Banquet & Cake Auction in cafeteria Tuesday, Feb 19 (6 PM)

Members who qualify for the National tournament in Dallas, Texas in June must do additional fundraising in Guelff Mart during student lunches, and other fundraising activities, and in concessions stands at sporting events to be determined soon to supplement the trip.


For AA meets, we follow the MHSA Rule book for speech and debate. However, for junior varsity meets at ABC schools, the Trapper Rendezvous at Northwest College in Powell, the state tournament, and the NFL qualifier, there are special rules, and we need to be aware of them and follow them. Here are rule books that will help you keep track and be prepared.




  • Use these to learn the rules for your event, to find out what judges will be expecting from you, and to find out what extra work you need to do for the AA state tournament.
  • Use it also to learn the differences between AA and ABC rules, especially for interp events.


  • Rules for the NFL qualifying tournament are different from AA rules. If you plan to go to the qualifier, find your event in this PDF and use it to get prepared.


  • Click on the link above. The speech rules start on page 90.
  • We cannot do some events that we normally do when we go to Wyoming, and there are events in Wyoming that we do not offer at AA meets in Montana. Use this site to get acquainted with the Rules that we will have to follow in Powell.
  • Poetry is one of the events that is offered in Wyoming, but not in Montana. Here is some helpful information from Poets.org and the Great Books Foundation on How to Read a Poem.