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Speech Love 2: The Middle School Speech Challenge w/ Allen Pino

On today's episode of Speech Love, check out a question-and-answer conversation with Cheyenne East Speech and Debate Assistant Coach Allen Pino, about how you can get middle school students involved in this year’s National Speech and Debate Online Tournament through the Middle School Speech Challenge and some reasons why getting middle schoolers involved is a great idea - especially this year.


Some of the questions addressed on the podcast:

  1. What is the Middle School Speech Challenge

  2. How does the challenge work this year?

  3. What events are offered for middle school competitors in the Challenge?

  4. How does a coach get a middle school team started and registered?

  5. Why is this a great opportunity for middle school students?

  6. Why is this Middle School Speech Challenge an especially great opportunity for students?

  7. What are some ideas for reaching out to middle school students to recruit for the Middle School Speech Challenge?


Some resources for the Middle School Speech Challenge:

Middle School Unified Manual:

Middle School Speech Challenge Procedures:

Middle School Competition Events Guide:

Middle School Speech Challenge Topics 2021


Thanks so much to Allen for dropping in to talk Middle School Speech Challenge on the podcast. If this peaked your interest, the time to get your Middle Schoolers registered is NOW. The deadline is May 15th to register!

If you have an idea or a request for One Clap Speech and Debate, shoot me an email at or reach out on the website.

You like One Clap Speech and Debate? Help us grow and extend our goal to help more Speech and Debate coaches and competitors! Tell a friend and encourage them to check out the blog and an episode or two! Be sure to watch for new episodes of One Clap, Rock On! Debate, Coach Connection, and Speech Love.

Good luck to all the students and coaches out there preparing for Nationals!



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