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Welcome to Wharton High School's Speech and Debate page. This page is designed to let you know of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the National Speech & Debte Association (NSDA) events that we compete in at Wharton High School. 

If you have any question please contact Mr. Woodworth at or visit him in room 3 before or after school.


Speech and debate is an academic activity typically available to students in middle school, high school, and/or college. Similar to athletic sports, speech and debate activities are challenging, competitive in nature, and require regular practice, coaching, dedication, and hard work.

Speech involves a presentation by one, two, or sometimes a group of students that is judged against a similar type of presentation by others in a round of competition. Speech events range from limited preparation events that require extensive knowledge of current events to dramatic and humorous interpretation, which challenge students to find powerful moments in literature and recreate them for an audience.

Debate involves an individual or a team of debaters working to effectively convince a judge that his or her side of a resolution is, as a general principle, more valid. Students in debate come to thoroughly understand both sides of the resolution, having researched each extensively, and learn to think critically about every argument that could be made on each side.

Each event in speech and debate features a different form of public speaking and requires a unique skill set and talent. While students often develop a passion for specific events, many compete in multiple categories throughout the course of their academic careers.

Participation is available in the following extracurricular events:


Cross Examination Debate
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Congressional Debate

Informative Speaking
Persuasive Speaking

Duo Interpretation
Humorous Interpretation
Dramatic Interpretation


The University Interscholastic League exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests.

The UIL was created by The University of Texas at Austin in 1910 and has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world. The UIL continues to operate as part of the University of Texas, under the auspices of the Vice President for Diversity & Community  Engagement. The UIL exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The initials UIL have come to represent quality educational competition administered by school people on an equitable basis.

Participation can lead to scholarships, not to  mention a very distinguished activity to put on your college applications.

Participation is available in the following extracurricular events:


Cross Examination Debate
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Congressional Debate

Reading Events:
Poetry Interpretation
Prose Interpretation

Informative Speaking
Persuasive Speaking


The FIRST meeting for the 2016-17 school year is tentatively set for August 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Teacher's Workroom.

            Established in Oct. of 2009, this organization supports the WHS Tiger Stars Drill Team, the Band and Color Guard, and the Choir, Drama, Speech & Debate Clubs. It depends entirely upon the participation of the members, parents & club directors.

            The Performing Arts Booster Club (PABC) was organized at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, to better help the students and parents of the WHS Tiger Stars Drill Team, the WHS Band, the WHS Choir, the WHS Drama Club and the WHS Speech Club. Prior to this, there existed only The WHS Band & Drill Team Booster Club. It is our hope that by combining all these “performing arts”, we can work together to offer each of our individual departments a degree of financial assistance.

Our Mission

1. to grant scholarships to the eligible graduating seniors of each individual organization,

2. to raise additional funds to offer assistance to the directors in acquiring much needed performance-related items such as uniform pieces, pom-poms, flags, costumes, or other such items as we may choose,

3. to raise additional funds to offer assistance to the parents and students for camp and contest expenditures such as room and board, or the special needs that a student might encounter upon advancing to regional or state competitions, or other such items as we may choose.


Special Note: Our mission should not be misconstrued to mean that we are offering complete financial assistance to the degree that all or most performance-related expenditures associated with being a member of any of the five individual groups will be covered completely by our organization. It is our hope that, by having our independent fundraisers, we will be able to offset a portion of these costs for every student within our supported groups.

            At this time, the board has chosen NOT to require yearly dues from its members.

            Any assistance we are able to provide will be the direct result of the participation of the parents and students in our fundraising efforts. Therefore, our organization must be well represented by the parents and students of all five individual groups in order to be the best supporters of our students. As a new and evolving organization, we greatly desire input from all our parents and directors. We need your leadership, your talents and your fresh ideas.

            Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month for the PABC meetings at 6:00 pm in room 23.

As a member of the PABC, it is requested that parents and students participate as much as possible in our fundraising events which may include any of the following (actual dates to be announced nearer to the event):

• WHS JV and Varsity Football Game Concessions (Aug. - Nov.)

• Concessions forWHS Performing Arts Events throughout the year

However, the only GUARANTEED fundraising events are the Football Game Concessions. These nights Provide the necessary income the club needs to provide scholarships and assistance to the students and the Performing Arts program at WISD.

In order to qualify for a scholarship, it is required that all parents work a minimum of one (1) Friday night and the student work a minimum of one (1) Thursday night. If a student is not involved in a Friday night activity, they are more than welcome to work a Friday night instead. Any extenuating circumstances that affect a student or parent’s ability to work Thursday or Friday night must be approved by the board. For more detailed scholarship requirements, please refer to the scholarship information page.

 Looking forward to a great year! Go Tigers!

Our Mission
Wharton ISD will provide exceptional instruction to every student, every day, with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

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