"No single activity can prepare one better than debating - the ability to think on one's feet, to form conclusions rapidly, to answer questions logically and with clarity, to summarize ideas, are all processes which forensic activities develop and develop well."
- Helen Wise, Past President, National Education Association
Award Winning Chattahoochee High School
Chattahoochee High School serves 2,100 students with the fundamental goal to pursue excellence in
academics, the arts, athletics and community service through a broad program of
courses and extracurricular activities. Since 1991, Chattahoochee has served the
Alpharetta suburb north of Atlanta as part of the Fulton County School System,
and has been recognized as a Geogia School of Excellence in 1997, an
"Outstanding American High School" by U.S. News & World Report in
1999, and a National Blue Ribbon School in 2000. Chattahoochee's school mascot
is the cougar.
Top Ranked Cougar Forensics Team
Websters defines forensics as "the art or study of argumentative
discourse." Students and coaches from Chattahoochee High School have produced
THE most impressive forensics program and debate competition record in the
Georgia public school system in the last decade:
- 9 Regional Championships
- 4 Varsity State Championships
- Record setting 2004-2005 season
- crowned Novice State Champions, Junior Varsity State Champions, and AAAAA Varsity State Champions,
sweeping State debate tournaments.
- Record setting 2005-2006 season
- the most participants ever qualified and invited to the National Tournament
With these successes, our team of 90 students
has grown to be the largest in the State and is consistently recognized as one
of the best teams in the entire country (public and private). To maintain this
level of performance, our teams compete against the "cream of the crop" in
national tournaments, not just across the South, but in cities such as Boston,
San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas. This Year's Debate Team Schedule.
Debate competition is unlike any other team sport or activity. Debaters work
with a partner in two-person teams and compete in 5 to 6 judged preliminary
rounds. At the end of each round, a winner is declared and after the preliminary
rounds the teams with the best records compete in "elimination rounds" until a
single team remains.
Debaters all over the country debate on a single
topic called the "resolution." For the 2008-2009 season, the resolution
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States.
Freshmen are eligible to compete at state touraments and can choose their level of participation. They may choose from only one to as many as eleven tournaments to compete in. Aft ther freshmen year, debaters that wish to continue will be asked to attend a summer camp to research the next year's resolution. Once a student advances to the Junior Varsity or Varsity level, participation in tournaments depends on ability and commitment to the team.
- Luke Hill - Novice/Junior Varsity Debate Coach
- Coach Hill is entering his first year coaching debate at Chattahoochee High School. Previously he served as debate coach at Oak Park River Forsest High School outside of Chicago. He received his Bachelor of Science in Social Policy and History from Northwestern University in 2005. While at Northwestern University, Mr. Hill was part of 3 national championship teams.
- James Herndon, III - Junior Varsity/Varsity Debate Coach
Coach Herndon received his Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University and his Masters in Communications Studies from University of Alabama. He has been Assistant Debate Coach at the University of Alabama before coming to Chattahoochee in 2004.
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