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Welcome to the 2014-2015 Freedom Speech and Debate Team Webpage! Membership for this year's squad is not finalized -- we are always willing to have students come along to join for active membership.  Participants that wish to letter in debate or speech must compete in at least half of the team competitions (WACFL, VHSL and/or invitational events) in at least three competitive categories. Those planning to join the team need to look over the WACFL website at This website provides detailed explanation on each of the categories to help students become familiarized with the topics for this year.  While we encourage students to participate in as many events as possible, novice students will choose one category as their primary form of debate or speech for the time being, and will stay with that one for a bit. JV and Varsity may branch out as they see fit. Accomplishments for the 2014-15 year: Congratulations to Harry Jaggi, who placed first at the Villiger Tournament (Philadelphia) for Original Oratory! Congratulations to Dhruv Sheth, who qualified for Metro Finals in Congress, coming home from WACFL 2! Congratulations to our Speech and Debate Team which returned with victories from WACFL 3!: Congratulations to Tory Whelan for placing first in Impromptu Speech! Harry Jaggi took second in Impromptu Speech! Simar Kohli took first place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate! The rest of our team did so well! Returning from GMU Debate Classics, on the National Debate Circuit, Freedom brings home victories: Felicitationes to Freedom KB Team: Ariell Bransen and Mehr Kumar placed first in Varsity Public Forum. Felicitationes to Simar Kohli, who broke to Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Semi-Finals. Our most sincere appreciation goes to Freedom HS alumni, Daniye Bartell and Rahul Kapoor, for supporting the Eagles, in this event, for mentoring, and for their esprit de corps! Go Eagles! We would not have done so well without their peer coaching committment. What's Next? We are practicing for the rest of the big January events! Thank you, Parents for your volunteer judging. We will need you throughout January. We cannot compete without your judging support. Many of you reported that you enjoyed the experience overall. (The food is pretty delicious.) I love judging the events. It is a great experience to watch how well the students perform! Upcoming Events: January 9/10 Fri./Sat. GMU All DEBATE- completed January 17 Sat. Speech/ Public Forum/Congress WACFL 4 Eleanor Roosevelt HS January 24 Sat. Lincoln-Douglas/Policy WACFL 4 Rock Ridge HS January 31 Sat. All Events Broad Run Invitational Parents: Email me at to inform me as to which event you are judging. I will send you video links and pdf guides to judging your event. General Procedures:  Students need to be present for 8 AM, dressed in professional clothing, that is a suit and tie for the young men and professional, modest attire for the ladies, including nearly knee-length skirts and hose, plus a jacket or sweater over the blouse. Hair needs to be very neat for men and women. We are very excited, and happy to be taking such a large group of varsity, j.v., and novices! The competition so strengthens the students! Students may bring their own food, or they may purchase. Typical food includes: pizza, soda, donuts, and other things not good for heath. Students may bring their food. It is a long, exciting day. Plan accordingly. Great breakfast and lunch is also provided for parents who judge. Breakfast, lunch, good coffee and juices are served! Parents WHO JUDGE EVENTS, you will not be judging your own youth. Yet, when the day is done, having judged, you will be so proud of your own youth for their speech and debate course and training! Parents who judge may leave earlier with their youth, perhaps as early as 6pm Parents, we want to thank you for your continued support! Let's get Ready and Go!!! Future Events and all important information will be found at the Vision Page/ Forensics.  If you have any questions, feel free to email Mrs. Johnson: We are going to have a great year! Denise Johnson Freedom                    Debate/Speech Coach                 
Last Modified on January 10, 2015