January 29, 2020

Night of the Arts: Lead-Deadwood High School Speech and Debate Team

DEADWOOD – The Lead-Deadwood High School speech and debate team has been rescheduled to perform at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Night of the Arts is open to the public, admission is by donation and the building is wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The HARCC is located at 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood.

The Lead-Deadwood High School speech and debate team is under the direction of Bree Oatman and Gwen Hess. The students will be presenting some of their individual pieces from the past performance year. The speech and debate season runs from September until the end of February. Students compete in performance based events including Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duet, Reader’s Theater, Poetry, Program Oral Interpretation, and Non-Original Oratory. Students can also compete in Congressional debate as well as Public Forum or Lincoln Douglas debate. There are also three speech writing events including Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking. The team competes in 13 competitions each year as well as competing for a slot to attend the State Oral Interpretation Festival held in early December of each year.

Deadwood History’s Education Director, Amanda Brown, will present the Lead-Deadwood speech and debate team with a check in the amount of $850. The gift is funded through the generous support of the Walter and Frances Green Charitable Trust.

The event is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood History and Walter and Frances Green Charitable Trust.


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