Concordia University's Speech & Debate Team

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To compete in forensics at Concordia, you must submit a live audition or send in a video recorded audition. You are free to audition for multiple events, which can affect your total scholarship amount.

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If you’ve ever wanted to compete on an academic intercollegiate extra-curricular team, now is your chance. Each year, Concordia awards forensics scholarships to students who demonstrate ability through an audition. These scholarships are granted in addition to other merit-, talent-, and need-based aid for which you may be eligible.

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In addition to regular competition, the speech and debate team sponsors tournaments and workshops for both college and high school each year. Sharpen your own public speaking skills while helping others become better competitors and orators!

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Find Your Voice at Concordia

Forensics at Concordia

Participating in competitive forensics at the collegiate level increases your public speaking, interpretation and debate skills. By providing you with the venue to speak and clarify thoughts, research, and ideas, the forensics program at Concordia helps you grow personally and professionally.

The critical thinking skills—it’s a form of art. No one else can do it the way you can. You need to push yourself and have goals. Ask yourself what can I do to be of service in the church and world. Then do it.
Jonathan Jahnke

National & International Exposure

The team travels regionally and nationally. Concordia has sent students to national or international tournaments for much of the past 20 years, with students breaking into elimination rounds at the National Christian College Forensics Association, American Forensics Association and the National Parliamentary Debate Association tournaments during that time.

Concordia has placed in the top five at the National Christian College Forensics Association Tournament for five of the past ten years.

Speech & Debate Students

Collegiate & High School Competitions

Speech and Debate Students

In addition to regular competition, Concordia’s forensics team also hosts annual college and high school tournaments on campus, which team members assist in preparing and running. We also host high school workshops for speech and drama.

In the spring, Concordia co-hosts the Sleet and Snow Swing intercollegiate tournament. For high schools, Concordia hosts the Concordia Home School Debate tournament in the fall and the CUNE High School Speech Classic in the spring.