Atlantic Speech and Debate is Hampton Roads Speech and Debate Club for Homeschool and Private Christian School students 12 through 18 years of age. We train up critical thinkers and effective communicators to be leaders and world changers for the glory of God. Members of Atlantic Speech and Debate are able to compete in two national competitive speech and debate leagues; National Christian Forensics and Communications Association, NCFCA, and Stoa Speech and Debate.
"NCFCA is an organization committed to training homeschool, high school students to address life issues in a manner that glorifies God, and ultimately preparing our students to shape our culture and impact people for Christ" -NCFCA
"Stoa is a national High School and Junior High Speech and Debate organization serving the needs of privately educated, Christian Homeschooling families. Stoa exists to train Christian homeschooled youth in speech and debate to better communicate a Biblical world view. Each year the Stoa Board offers the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC), inviting students from across the United States to perform, speak and debate to the glory of God. Stoa was established on the model of our nation's founding fathers with a commitment to limited central government and maximum local control." - Stoa
In this rapidly changing world within which we live, critical thinking and effective communication are even more important than they ever were. Our speech and debate training (both in club meetings and in competitions) equips our homeschooled, high school students to think critically, analyze information, and to effectively articulate their arguments. These skills give our students a head start in this competitive world.
Our club meets on Thursday nights at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. with members coming from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk. If you live on the Peninsula of Hampton Roads and are looking for a speech and debate club, please contact Mark Essing from our sister club, Colonial Poetics and Rhetoric.
We offer training and coaching in the following forms of pubic speaking:
Limited preparation speeches (Impromptu, Extemporaneous & Mars Hill)
Lincoln Douglas values debate
Team Policy debate
Eligibility: NCFCA: Students must be no younger than 12 and no older than 18 on September 1, of the school year. STOA accepts students from age 12. Siblings between the ages of 6 and 12 may join our juniors club (the juniors club is only open to siblings of the main club