Public Forum Debate has now entered its second decade since its debut at the National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament in 2002. It has become the most widespread form of high school debate across the nation. Students from all kinds and sizes of schools have found lifelong skills and competitive success in Public Forum Debate. The Mean Green Debate Public Forum Workshop has a unique approach to helping you become a part of this exciting debate opportunity, no matter what kind of school you attend or the size of your school’s forensics program.
Public Forum Debate is a two-on-two event where students debate monthly topics on the current issues of the day before a wide range of judge-critics, from experienced coaches to informed community members or “citizen judges.” The staff at MGW is especially qualified to help you master Public Forum. They have extensive experience spanning 35 years in both Policy and Lincoln-Douglas Debate (as championship-level competitors and as coaches). They draw heavily on this expertise to teach you how to succeed in PFD.
Our workshop will help you improve their researching and case creation skills to start your rounds off right. We will also develop your crossfire and refutation skills. Our comprehensive approach to debate process and argument construction will enable you to advance round-winning arguments to a broad spectrum of critics. You will also work daily on delivery exercises to improve your public speaking skills in rounds, and which will enhance your overall effectiveness as a communicator.
The MGW senior staff are lifelong high school teachers as well as coaches. They have been honored with awards for teaching excellence. They know the importance of a well-designed program and of carefully-crafted lessons that stress active learning and mastery of skills and concepts. Their distinguished practice as teachers ensures that MGW’s Public Forum Workshop is powerfully effective and engaging for students.
Public Forum Debate
Marilyn Myrick is returning for her second year in the Public Forum Debate Division. A University of Texas alumni and 6 year Speech and Debate Intern at the University Interscholastic League (UIL), Ms. Myrick is about to begin her third year as the Speech and Debate Director at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. Ms. Myrick has had TFA semifinalists in Extemporaneous Speaking, Congressional Debate, Original Oratory, and coached the 2015 TFA State Champion in Impromptu speaking. She has also coached numerous teams into elimination rounds of the UIL CX Debate State Tournament, coached the 2015 UIL 6A Silver medalist in Informative Speaking and qualified students to Nationals, the NIETOC, and the Extemp TOC.