The Lamar Consolidated High School Speech and Debate program is seeking volunteers for their annual tournament, October 28 and 29.
“Volunteers don’t need any previous experience,” said Stacy Thomas, who is the director of the Speech and Debate program at LCHS. “Students are supposed to be able to communicate with the community. Volunteer judges are needed to be listeners and provide the students with an audience for their presentations. Volunteers mostly will watch students give speeches or theater performances and rank them based on how well they present their information or material. Criteria are provided for the volunteers to use in these rankings.
“Volunteers often say after judging that they enjoyed seeing the kids present because it was a chance to see young people express themselves in a professional manner,” Thomas said. “It is a wonderful way to support the kids who are giving up their weekends to academic pursuits.”
Thomas expects as many as 20 Houston-area schools to compete this year. Contact Stacy Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to volunteer for this year’s tournament.