The 2016-2017 Speech and Debate Camp was hosted last week at Pinecrest High School for students transitioning from grades 6th to 8th as well as high school students preparing for this upcoming school year debate teams.  Ann Petersen (PHS Debate Coach), Ravon Sheppard (Camp Leader & PHS alumni), and Austin Morris (PHS Teacher) facilitated the event which had participants throughout the surrounding areas of Moore and Lee County school districts. At the end of the camp, students were able to demonstrate what they learned by hosting a speech and debate tournament that incorporated all the various debate styles such as Congressional, Lincoln-Douglas,  Public Forum, Oral Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Humorous Interpretation.

According to the Pinecrest Speech and Debate Team’s website, The Pinecrest Speech and Debate Team represents Pinecrest High School in forensic competition throughout the state of North Carolina and the United States, and they host a week-long summer camp for rising 6, 7, 8, and 9th grade students. In the course of the week, each student will pick an area of concentration and begin to develop skills necessary for competitive speech. All students will benefit from increased confidence and the ability to articulate ideas. Campers will spend a week with current and alumni members of the Pinecrest Speech and Debate Team to find out just what is involved in competitive speech.  The experience the campers receive will give them a good head start in high school competition as well as helping them get ahead of the game in middle school debates.

The camp is held Monday through Friday during the summer, and the cost to attend is $150.00 which includes an afternoon snack and printed handouts.

Photos courtesy of Moore County Schools

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