So what is this “Wildcat Classic” everyone keeps talking about?
Cypress Woods High School Speech and Debate Team (Wildcat Forensics) hosts an annual TFA (Texas Forensics Association) State Qualifying Invitational Tournament on the last weekend in September each year. Not only is this two-day event the team’s single LARGEST fundraiser, but it also has become the state’s largest high school speech and debate tournament as well. More than 1,000 students compete in rounds during this tournament each year.
This year, Wilcat Classic will be hosted on Sept 21-22,2018 in Cy-Woods. If you would like to donate or be sponsor for the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
And, what exactly will I see there?
Envision a normally boisterous 16-year-old boy debating the complex issues of nuclear capability and the Arab Spring uprising with the confidence and skill that come from a deep and thorough understanding of the subject matter. (See this and more in a DEBATE round)
Imagine a shy 14-year-old girl standing in front of a crowded room as the audience wipes away tears from her moving interpretation of an excerpt from “Sophie’s Choice.” (See this and more during INTERP events)
Picture a 17-year-old student confident enough to speak “off the cuff” for 7 minutes, when handed the question, “Can the international community prevent the Syrian government from using chemical weapons against its opponents.” (See this and more during a SPEECH round)
This is what happens every weekend of the school year at Speech and Debate (Forensics) tournaments across the country. These high school students spend 20 to 40 hours per week honing their craft in an effort to advance to the State and National finals to represent their school. What they gain in the process are skills of long-lasting value that serve them in their personal and professional growth.