Junior High Debate
The Fairmont Debate Program – Helping Students Gain Confidence and Essential Skills for the Future
Fairmont Private Schools believes debate competitions offer many exciting opportunities for students to gain confidence and develop essential skills for high school, college, and beyond.
With a tradition of earning awards and recognition at regional and national debate tournaments, Fairmont offers a comprehensive debate program solidifying the forensic activities of its three preschool – grade 8 campuses. The Fairmont Debate Program expands opportunities for junior high students to further their abilities in verbal communication, critical thinking, researching, organizing, and functioning on a team.
“Debate is an important component of the Fairmont experience,” said Carole Calabria, Managing Director, P-8 Campuses. “Our goal is to provide the highest level of instruction and coaching for students to fulfill their aspirations through this empowering extracurricular activity.”
The Fairmont Debate Program features the following opportunities for students and parents:
- Junior high elective class at each campus
- Drop-in debate class for 5th through 8th grade students at the Historic Anaheim Campus
- Judge training for parents
- Mentoring for debate coaches
Orange County Debate League (OCDL) and National Junior Forensic League (NJFL)
Fairmont junior high debaters compete in the Orange County Debate League (OCDL) and National Junior Forensic League (NJFL) while high school students participate in the National Forensic League (NFL). The competitions run throughout the school year.
“The best approach for junior high students to develop their critical thinking skills is to participate in a debate team,” said Benjamin Hughes, P-8 Speech and Debate Director. “Debate gives them the opportunity to become knowledgeable, strong communicators who have the confidence to stand above the crowd.”
P-8 Speech and Debate Director
Mr. Hughes has been teaching history and English at Fairmont North Tustin Campus since 2001. For many years, he has effectively coached students to compete and succeed in debate tournaments. His efforts have resulted in helping Fairmont become a speech and debate powerhouse. He is also the founder and president of the Orange County Debate League, an independent, non-profit organization of debaters comprised of students and faculty from middle schools in and around Orange County.
For more information about the Fairmont Debate Program:
Contact Mr. Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or your campus director.
Fairmont Private Schools is known for academic excellence. Their athletic department has also gained momentum attributed to an outstanding coaching staff and dedicated student-athletes.
It’s been said, “to teach is to touch lives forever.” At Fairmont Private Schools, teachers inspire and encourage students every day. In fact, several Fairmont graduates have come back after college to teach here. This phenomenon is called the Fairmont Full Circle,...
For the past six months at Fairmont Historic Anaheim, Mrs. Wilhite’s junior high international students and students in Mrs. Debreczeni’s 8th grade English class have been working on a unique assignment that allowed the students to explore their own personal...
Freshmen students in Fairmont Preparatory Academy’s Strategies for Success course ended the year by presenting short speeches to their classmates regarding the key lessons they learned — both in the class and in general — during the first year of high school. After...
Fairmont Anaheim Hills 7th grader Arianna A. celebrated her 13th birthday last month in a rather unique way — by raising more than $1,600 to help children in need. The new teenager recently participated in the annual academic pentathlon competition, during which she...
When students enter the workforce after college, many of them are not as prepared as they think they are. In fact, a study from the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that, while roughly 70 percent of college students assume they have the critical...
Fairmont Private Schools Vice President of Global Operations, John Barrier, was recently named to his new role in the company as a result of his exceptional work in developing education abroad. Barrier has been a member of the Fairmont team since the fall 2001 and is...
Fairmont Preparatory Academy sophomore Alexisse Yoo is no stranger to victory, and last weekend was no exception — she earned four first-place awards, one second-place award, and one third-place award at the California Junior Classical League State Convention in...
Fairmont Preparatory Academy sophomore Alexisse Yoo has turned her passion of the Latin language into more than a mere hobby — in fact, she’s even let the love of the language become something that helps her win competitions. Yoo has always loved to read, and her...