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Delving Into Debate

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High school debate competitions are about more than just arguing over one issue. Fierce rivalries on the floor become close friendships when the dust settles, and the skills kids are learning can propel them far beyond the local classroom.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk about the relevance and benefits of participating in high school debate and speech and why it’s so popular with students.


  • Issac Allen, program director of DEBATE Kansas City at UMKC.
  • Jamelle Brown, speech and debate coach and teacher at Sumner Academy
  • Aliyah Shaw, sophomore at Sumner Academy

HEAR MORE: The National Speech & Debate Tournament runs June 15-20 in Overland Park. Click here for the tournament details.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.