Join Debate!

Debate practices have now started! If you want to learn more about Debate, stop by after school at any site during the regular practice times. For more information, contact head coach Brian Schilling at brian.schilling@isd709.org. We are looking for the next orator, politician, or lawyer. That's you!

September 2019 Practice Schedule:

Monday and Wednesday - Duluth East - Room 2060 Media Center Computer Lab

Tuesday and Thursday - Duluth Denfeld - Room 1010 Media Center Computer Lab


Autumn Zierman, Denfeld High School, was selected as Student of the Year for the Northern Lights National Speech & Debate Association

Duluth Debate Team Mission Statement

The Duluth Debate Team is dedicated to the belief that forensics (Debate) is more than simply the study and practice of public speaking. We have come to understand that the skills, attitudes, and personal qualities developed through debate are among the most valuable lifelong assets that any student can achieve. Our mission is to provide opportunities for the members of the Duluth Debate Team to grow not only as speakers, but as people.

We believe that forensics competition promotes strong character essential for success…Therefore, we enforce a clear set of policies of acceptable behavior designed to ensure that everyone involved in Forensics learns the value of respectful conduct.

Finally, we strive to make sure that Duluth Debate opens doors of opportunities that might otherwise remain closed for many students. We see every opportunity; be it performing for community groups, business organization or competing in all corners of our state; as a chance to do something genuine, something challenging, and something that will forever set us apart from our peers.

Despite what appearances may be, the trophy shelf, the plaques, the public accolades, we do not endeavor in this activity to win tournaments. We do Forensics to win everything else!

© Duluth Debate Team 2019