Last weekend, a group of ASH students traveled to Brussels for the annual NESDA (New European Speech, Debate and Acting Association) Speech & Debate Fall Tournament. It was a fun-filled weekend for the team including hard work and performance across five disciplines: debate, duet acting, original oratory, oral interpretation of literature and impromptu speaking. Debate Coach Paola Lopez said, “the students enjoyed the tournament so much, they are already looking forward to starting preparations for the next one in Germany in March 2020!”
We spoke with one of the participating students, Chloe, to find out more about the tournament, the speech and debate club, and the learning she took away from being involved.
Why did you first get involved with speech and debate here at ASH?
Chloe: I have always been interested in speech and debate, so when I saw that there was a club in high school, I knew that I wanted to join it. Also, the NESDA tournament interested me, as I had never been involved in an international speech & debate tournament.
What is your favorite thing about being involved with speech and debate here at ASH?
Chloe: I honestly think that the speech and debate club is one of the best clubs ASH offers. It not only teaches you how to give a speech, but also how to write effectively, develop communication skills, enhance public speaking, and much more. The opportunity to participate in the NESDA tournaments twice a year is truly amazing. However, the in-house tournaments we have are also a great and convenient chance to develop such skills.
What was the biggest learning you took from your preparation for the tournament and the tournament itself?
Chloe: The preparation taught me patience, and perseverance, and how to revise my writing by taking in others' advice. I personally think that the NESDA tournaments are one of the best opportunities a student can find. Watching other speakers' motivational speeches and intense debates certainly helped me gain more knowledge about the system of the tournament, as well as new ideas for my own speeches. Also, getting feedback from many different judges is something incredibly useful, not only for the tournament but also for the future.
I have learned so much over the last three days and truly appreciate the fact that I got to take part in such an amazing tournament.
Once again a big congratulations to the entire NESDA team; Ben W., Noor E., Juliette D., Ecem A., Elaine X., Eve C., Stella F., Micheal R., Chloe L., and Mariska W. on their excellent performances at this tournament.