Debate & Forensics
KMC's Debate and Forensics program is highly competitive and nationally recognized, led by Ms. Lauren Gengler. Debate, sanctioned by the Kansas State High School Activities Association, takes place in the fall, and Forensics, in the spring. The individual and small-group teams compete in tournaments locally, regionally and nationally.
Forensics class incorporates public speaking, interpretation of literature and debate into competitive forensics competition. Students develop methods of overcoming speech anxiety, learn valuable communication tools and training for college and their professional careers, improve study habits and research, develop time allocation skills, and advance critical thinking and reasoning skills in an attempt to make them more well-rounded in all of their endeavors. Students will also gain practical knowledge to compete as part of a team in competitive scholastic forensics competitions. For more information, refer to the Program of Studies.
In Debate, students study the art of argumentation, research, speaking, and other skills developed through participation in debate. The course focuses on basic skill development and developing knowledge of a selected debate topic or resolution. Competitive participation in interscholastic debate tournaments is considered an integral and essential portion of the course. Students can also continue their studies into Advanced Debate, with the primary focus of the course being the development of work habits and skills necessary to compete in debate on an advanced level. Competitive participation in interscholastic debate tournaments is considered an integral and essential portion of the course. For more information, refer to the Program of Studies.
In 2019, six students represented KMC at the National Catholic Forensics League in Milwaukee in categories of Student Congress, Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, International Extemporaneous Speaking and Policy Debate. Top placers were Jacob Doolittle and Catherine Magana who advanced to the double octofinal round, placing them in the top 32 teams, out of more than 200.
Four students also qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association nationals in Dallas in 2019, in the categories of Humorous Interpretation, Original Oratory and Policy Debate. The team of Margaret Moore and Maddie Rowley advanced to Round 10, placing them in the top 30 in Policy Debate, out of more than 250 teams.
The program's most recent 5A state championship was earned in 2016, in the 2-speaker division.