Participation in Debate at Sioux Falls Christian is open to all high school students, regardless of grade or experience. Students that are new to debate, whether freshmen or seniors, will start off competing against other students of similar experience.
The 2017-2018 season will proceed as follows:
September 19 Informational Meeting at SFC in High School Library (7:00 p.m.)
October 3 Debate practice begins
Competitions begin, including Novice-only after school competitions (Oct 31, Nov 7, 14)
December Competition only for those interested
February Competition of Topic used at State Debate Tournament
March 2-3 State Debate Tournament in Watertown
Students that are new to debate competition are considered “novices.” Novice-only debates occur after school on Tuesdays in November at high schools in Sioux Falls. Other debate tournaments for Varsity and Novice level students that SFC has competed at in the past typically occur on Saturdays and have been located in Yankton, Brookings, Mitchell, Harrisburg, Brandon, and Washington High Schools.
Participation in debate is open to all high school students, even if participating in other activities. The nature of debate preparation allows for flexibility.
SFC Debate History
Debate was introduced as an extracurricular activity at SFC in the fall of 2009. In its first season at the State Tournament, two freshmen teams advanced to the quarter-final round, with one of those teams advancing to the semi-final round. Subsequent years have resulted in State Champions (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) and Semi-finalists (2013, 2014 & 2017).