Speech and Debate, also called Forensics, is an academic activity that builds public speaking skills in young people. Students can compete in a variety of events including Interpretation of Literature (using acting skills to portray dramatic, humorous, and poetic literature), Original Oratory and Extemporaneous speaking, as well as Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate. Competitions are held on Saturdays from October to April with the National tournament in June.
Kristin Holtz taught theatre and speech and debate in the A wing for seven years before moving to teaching Language Arts. Though no longer teaching theatre, as she still coaches speech and debate Mrs. Holtz is pleased to continue to be a part of SCOPA.
Mrs. Holtz has been teaching at Silver Creek since it opened in 2001 after teaching for a year in Del Norte, CO. She has a Bachelor’s of Art in Theatre, Secondary Teaching Certification in English, and a Master’s of Science in Literacy. She teaches ninth grade and 11th grade English as well as Advanced Placement Literature and Composition. Mrs. Holtz coaches the Silver Creek Speech and Debate Team, which has competed in State and National competitions numerous times.