Penn Debate finished 4th at Chesterton. According to Tasneem Mahmed, “The tournament was rather difficult as we had an impromptu round towards the end. The final round involved other I would usually see at the state level.”

A lot of focus and dedication is needed in order to succeed in speech and debate. Doing debate requires a decent amount of communication skills, so you will often find yourself improving after a session or tournament.

Email Mr. Starkweather at if you are considering joining Penn Speech and Debate or would like more information.

By Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty teaches English and Mass Media Studies at Penn High School. He advises the Penn News Network and manages the PNN Studio and news room. For more information, navigate your browser to