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Description of activity: Students prepare to debate an annual topic and participate in interscholastic competitions both in Minnesota and throughout the country.

Length of season: September through December for most novice debaters. September through January for most Varsity debaters. Traveling team continues debating through June.

Practice and/or meeting times: In class and after school as arranged

Practice and/or meeting site: Wayzata High School

Competitions: Weekly from October through January except for a few select weekends, including but not limited to holiday weekends.

Eligibility requirements: Must be doing acceptable work in school and must be enrolled in the debate class. Meet the Wayzata Public Schools Extra-Curricular Eligibility Requirements.

Average number of members: 50

Costs and/or needed equipment: Participation fee is $155 to the WHS Activities Office. Dress clothes are required for some tournaments. Traveling team members share in travel costs.

Awards criteria & type of awards: Varsity letters may be earned. Students also earn National Speech and Debate (NSDA) degrees. All competitions offer various types of awards.

Student leadership: Team captains are selected each year. The Varsity also mentor novice debaters.

Additional information: Most tournaments are on both Friday and Saturday; a handful of tournaments are on Saturday only.