Speech Team is a great opportunity if you love public speaking. The High School tournaments are fun and competitive and the emphasis is on positive feedback leading to improved performance. Speech Team begins meeting in October.
One afternoon a week, practices are optional, but highly encouraged as we have limits on the number of students we can register for the tournaments. We are available from 3:15 to 4:00pm on that day to advise, edit, critique and encourage team members as you choose, refine, and practice your pieces. All team members must meet with an advisor and perform their piece before they will be registered for a tournament.
There is a $30 fee for Speech Team which covers two tournament costs and an "end of the speech team season" pizza lunch. Please make checks payable to "St. Mark Parish School." If your student chooses to go and is eligible to go to all three tournaments there will be an additional fee (not in excess of $10) assessed in late January.
There are three tournaments. Students may compete in all or in just one, depending on their schedules. The Bishop Blanchet tournament is in December, it is an all day event that ends by 6:30pm. The Seattle Prep tournament is in January until 7:00pm. The Eastside Catholic tournament is the first Saturday of February.
The following criteria will be used to determine who goes to competition in the event that we have more students than open slots:
- All deadlines are met.
- Use of time during the meetings.
- Quality of piece/performance in late November.
- Eighth graders (who are eligible for a scholarship) who have met the above criteria will get precedence if all other factors are equal.