Stuyvesant Speech & Debate

2016 - 2017

We represent one of the most honorable organizations both nationally and at Stuyvesant. Our emphasis on public-speaking, self-expression and confidence isn't only aimed at training national competitors and finalists; it's aimed at training future leaders. This team represents a second family for every single one of us.

RETURNING MEMBERS - Wednesday Practice Session

[RETURNING MEMBERS]
Practice Session - Wednesday, Oct. 8

Hi guys, 

Our schedule's been pretty tight this year so we won't have time for a formal reunion. But welcome back! I missed you all. (Dennis did too!)

Unless you're taking SATs or have some other legitimate excuse, all of you should sign up for our first local. 

We also have quite a few slots for the NYC Invitational this year, and since it's been months between now and when we last saw most of you compete, we're going to hold a practice round this Wednesday. 

I know that it's on the same date as the kick-off meeting. It shouldn't last past 4pm. 

This is essentially a tryout for the NYC Invitational (Bronx Science -- October 18-19) Please fill out THIS form if you are available on that weekend and interested in competing. 

Come on Wednesday prepared to give one speech on THIS bill. We'll break you guys off into 2 or 3 rooms so we should be done pretty quickly. 

See you soon!

Ioana. 

NOVICES -- Next Week's Congress Meetings

Hi everyone, 

 

We'll be holding two meetings next week. Please add them to your calendars. 

Tuesday -- Round Structure 

We'll talk about what actually happens in a Congress round and what your role is. 

 

Thursday -- Practice Speeches 

On Tuesday, we'll either distribute or email a practice piece of legislation. You will prepare a 3 minute speech/case on it (either AFF or NEG). On Thursday, we'll break off into small groups and do mini-sessions. We'll give you guys (hopefully) useful advice.

 

Saturday!! -- Our first local tournament. Please don't be intimidated by this. I know you haven't had much training, but neither have the other categories or the other schools. Every other team in the city will be sending their first-time competitors as well, and these tournaments are generally friendly environments. I guarantee you there is no better way to learn than to participate. Please sign up here. 

 

Quick note: I'm working on getting exclusive videos from the NFL (National Forensic League) Competition that was held this past June. Sometime soon, we'll have a video session in which you'll get to see the top performers in the nation. It's a phenomenal way to learn. We might even get you guys popcorn if you come on Tuesday and Thursday ;) 

 

Below I am reattaching the two documents I suggested for reading. Please don't consider this busy work. It's simply a step towards understanding this category and the skills you'll work on perfecting before you get to the intense/fun parts. All of this will be explained, but it's good to get a head start. 

<Basic Overview.pdf>

<Overview on Speeches.pdf>

 

See you all soon!

 

Ioana Solomon. 

CONGRESS -- Pelham October 11th

Hey Congress, 

Get pumped for our first local tournament of the year! Bill prepping, great judging, all that awesome stuff. 

Sign up here. 
Bills should be out soon. Dennis or I will let you know when they are. (Or you can check NYCFL.org)  I'll send another email in a few days with logistics. 

I tried to add everyone to the Facebook group, but if you aren't in it, join HERE

Also, if you've had some trouble getting emails, I created an Email Archive on thewebsite that I will update tonight and split into categories. For your own benefit, just check the website once every day or two and make sure you aren't missing anything. 

Best, 

Ioana. 

CONGRESS NOVICES -- Congress Meeting Summary

Hi everyone!

 

You'll be getting really nice, fancy emails soon, but for now, I'm sticking to safe Google mail. 

 

To those who came to the meeting today, it was great meeting you, and I hope that you've learned something useful. I know the meeting was very fast paced, and there's a reason for that. We'll definitely have a lot of fun events, team dinners, christmas parties and really great things coming, but for now, we want to get you guys in shape. Most of the next two-three weeks will be very content based, and we'll ask you guys to practice a lot with us. But by the end of this year, trust me, your public speaking will have improved tremendously and your ability to explain complex ideas in very concise arguments will be incredible. 

 

Congress really does teach you phenomenal life skills. You'll all go to an interview someday and you'll be asked to explain, in 3 minutes, why you're the best candidate for the job. And with the skills you'll earn while being on this team, you'll succeed. 

 

Logistics first:

1) If you haven't done so yet, please visit www.stuyforensics.com

-- Bookmark the site. You won't regret it. There's an email archive I will update tonight and split into all of our different categories. Check it once every one or two days to verify if you've missed things. 

-- Please sign up to the 2014-2015 Email list. Once you enter your information, you'll get an email asking you to confirm your membership. This is an important step. Please confirm. 

-- I know the Contact Form is quite long, but all of that information is actually necessary for us to have and for you to submit if you want to compete. Please fill it out. 

 

2) If you have a Facebook account, please join our Facebook Group. We post meeting announcements and lots of important info there. 

 

FIRST TOURNAMENT: OCTOBER 11th 

SIGN UP HERE

Yes, we've only had one meeting. And Yes, the tournament is in two weeks. But even if you just go there to watch, the experience will teach you far more than any meeting or lesson can. Please sign up if you can go. We will do our best to get you ready for the tournament beforehand, and you will definitely know all the speech elements and round structure you need to understand what's going on around you, but the only way you'll get better is by practicing in a real round. 

 

Meeting Summary:

-- There's actually a Congress 101 Textbook that explains pretty much everything we'll tell you throughout the course of this year. Yes, a textbook -- don't laugh. I know that extracurriculars are extremely different from classes, so don't ever expect us to assign mandatory reading because we won't. But I am attaching two documents that I think do a fantastic job of explaining what we tried to emphasize today and that give you a brief overview of what a Congress round is like. They're quite short. Read them for your own benefit, your own interest, and your own desire to understand this category and succeed in it. We'll definitely go over this information, but please get a head start if you have 20 minutes to spare. 

 

Speech Structure:

<Overview on Speeches.pdf>

 

Round Structure:

<Basic Overview.pdf>

 

I know this was a long email. Thank you for getting through it. 

 

I look forward to seeing you all soon,

 

Ioana Solomon. 

First Congress Meeting

Hi everyone,

Just a quick, friendly reminder that our first Congress meeting is TOMORROW. If you did not get the original email, I've pasted it below. Please take a look. 

Tomorrow, let's all meet near 627. We'll definitely find an open room. We'll go over the basic structure of the activity and do a few fun exercises :)

I'm excited to meet you all and finally get started. Hope all of you can make it. 

Best, 

Ioana Solomon. 

P.S: It's possible some of our emails get stuck in Google's Promotions folder. It's not our fault, it's a matter of how Google filters emails based on word usage (and since we use lots of forms and phrases like "sign up", our mail can sometimes get classified as spam) If this happens, please filter them into your primary inbox. Alternatively, our webpage www.stuyforensics.com has an email archive. Check it every one or two days. 

 

Stuy Congress 2014-2015

Dear << Test Name >>, 

I congratulate you on being accepted into the Stuyvesant Congressional Debate team.

 A few logistics first:
1) Please join our Email List. Note that you will have to check your email after filling out the form and confirm your membership. 
2) Complete the Contact Form.

We will be holding our first meeting on Monday, September 29th. Please do your best to come. 

We will also hold a team-wide general meeting for both students and parents on Wednesday, October 8th. Please forward this email or notify your parents and ask them to sign up to the Parent Email List

Best Regards, 
Ioana Solomon.

 

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CONGRESS NOVICES -- Welcome to Stuyvesant Congressional Debate

Sent to: 2014-2015 Speech & Debate Novices (Segment: Congress)

Dear << Test Name >>, 

I congratulate you on being accepted into the Stuyvesant Congressional Debate team.

 A few logistics first:
1) Please join our Email List. Note that you will have to check your email after filling out the form and confirm your membership. 
2) Complete the Contact Form.

We will be holding our first meeting on Monday, September 29th. Please do your best to come. 

We will also hold a team-wide general meeting for both students and parents onFriday, October 3rd. Please forward this email or notify your parents and ask them to sign up to the Parent Email List

Best Regards, 
Ioana Solomon.

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