Debate is one of the most active fine arts at St. Mary’s. Practices are held on a weekly to monthly basis on Wednesday nights. After school meetings happen after school every weekday to 5:00PM excepting Wednesdays and Fridays. This extracurricular is not compatible with wrestling, though allowances can be made for overlap in other schedules.
Operating on the Australian three speaker system, Debate is a perfect opportunity for students to test critical thinking, group skills, eloquence, and rapid thinking as they discuss a certain topic, defending either the affirmative or negative viewpoint. They will have to operate in tandem with their two team members and defend against interjections made during their speech. Four practices and two tournaments are held each year for both Junior Varsity and Varsity.