DEDIMUS POTESTATEM continues to build our wildcat speech & debate program in middle school. This program’s objective is to prepare students for situations requiring formal and informal presentations. Participants will learn to craft and present arguments and inform, persuade, and motivate an audience in many ways. According to the ESU, debate is a natural fit for middle and high school education. Studies, as well as common sense, recommend the benefits. Debate builds digital literacy and multimedia research skills, fosters critical thinking and expanded perspectives, enhances public speaking skills, increases confidence, trains students to listen effectively, and strengthens civic discourse. For beginner debate, the class will be one hour,4 PM- 5 PM, and focus on the basics. The advanced competitive debate class will be two hours, 4 PM - 6 PM, and focus on advanced material and preparation needed for tournaments. Students who did not compete last year must audition for the advanced competitive class. If a student has no debate experience, they must join the beginner class. After one term of beginner debate, they may join the advanced competitive team.