Speech and Debate

Allowing students to explore their own interests while learning about the world and developing public speaking skills that will last a lifetime.

Our nationally-recognized Speech and Debate program allows students to explore their extracurricular interests while developing public speaking and active thinking skills.


Led by Michael Bausch, Director of Debate and holder of the Grier Family Distinguished Debate Chair, and Seth Willden, Head Speech Coach, students in Speech and Debate receive the best hands-on instruction in the state. The wide range of events we coach ensures all students will find an area (or multiple areas!) they thoroughly enjoy, and where they can develop their personal skillset. Regardless of whether students compete in Interpretation Events, Public Speaking Events, Debate Events or a combination of these activities, they are destined to become better presenters and performers, while enjoying a competitive atmosphere as well as a fun and energizing tournament environment.




Extemporaneous Speaking

Speech Events

A Kent Student preforming his Program of Oral Interpretation

There are two sub-fields within Speech events, Interpretation (Interp) and Public Speaking, each with several different events. Find out more about them below!

Debate Events

A Kent Denver student participating in Policy Debate

Each year, Kent Denver students compete in three different debate events: cross-examination, Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate. Find out a bit more about each below!