There is not a team at Mira Loma High School that does more for the mental, emotional and social health of its students that the MLHS Speech and Debate Team. While, we are frequently told that we live in a golden age of information and communication not everyone is born as an effective communicator. Great students need to be able to think in a manner that pushes them to convey complex thoughts and speak with purpose and control. It is these very skills which Speech and Debate aims to develop, in order to foster not only presentation skills, but also analytical skills that improve their confidence in and out of the classroom.
While many students may use their Speech and Debate experience in the fields with which it is most directly associated - law, drama, politics – many more will instead find careers in science, medicine, or engineering. Among the most powerful benefits of participating in Speech and Debate is that no matter which field a student may ultimately specialize in, the events they participate in will develop confidence, reasoning, and poise. Our team encourages all students on campus to come together. We have a well-developed student leadership team that helps to grow each other's skills and encourages individual success. The team (annually over a hundred active members) is made up of a team of captains to help all students be seen, feel personal development is taking place and that their contributions matter.
We are the most active team in the Capital Valley Forensics League. We attend more tournaments, invitationals and national competitions than any one else giving our team the largest number of opportunities to compete and work with the busy I.B schedule that many of our students have. Last season was a remarkable one for the Mira Loma Speech and Debate team were had students qualify for States, Nationals, NCFL and TOC tournaments. This year, we hope to build on that success – not just in hopes of amassing trophies at competitions, but in developing communication skills that will serve students and their communities long after they graduate from Mira Loma.
We welcome all students with any or no experience to join our team. We would encourage you to visit our team website by clicking here!
We hope to see you on the team!
The current members of the MLHS S&D Board are:President: Johnny SchimmelmanVice President: Rhitishah Yuva-RajuTreasurer: Justin RoSecretary: Achyutha KodavatikantiPublic Relations: Neha SeshadriDebate Captain (Lincoln Douglas) - Maria RichardsDebate Captain (Public Forum) - Praveen GunendranSpeech Captain (Limited Prep) - James HuSpeech Captain (Originals) - Tanushree JainSpeech Captain (Interpretations) -Shreya ShridarCongress Captain: Ivy Guo