High School Competitions

{Historical Awareness.  Public Speaking.  Youth Engagement.}


On November 17, 2018, the competition for high school students was structured strictly as a speech competition, all in one day.  Three rounds took place at the historic McKay Avenue School.  

Prepared speech topic: 

"Express your views on the politics of warfare - whether political or military leaders should have more control over how a War is strategically managed.”

Impromptu topic:

“In June of 1940 after the Dunkirk evacuation, Churchill declared to the House of Commons, “we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”.  In a five-minute speech, discuss how this quote resonates with you."

The impromptu topic was a new component added to the competitions and allowed the competitors to draw upon personal experiences.

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On Saturday November 25th, the Churchill High School Speech and Debate Competition was held at the Humanities Center at the University of Alberta.  This preliminary tournament determined who advanced to finals in both the speech and debate categories.  After three rounds of debate and speech, and a semifinal round, two debate teams and three speakers advanced to the finals.
The finals will be held at the historic McKay Avenue School in downtown Edmonton, at 6pm in the evening on Tuesday, December 5th.  The McKay Avenue School, now fully renovated, was the first home of the Alberta Legislative Assembly.  All students, families, coaches, and judges are invited to this event.  Below are somf photos of the finalists, who displayed eloquence and logic with their intelligent arguments and dynamic speeches. 
The following resources were available to competitors and coaches for the 2017-2018 Churchill Speech and Debate competition: 
                  - Invitation Package
                  - Research Package 


The Churchill High School Speech and Debate Qualifying and Semi Finals were held in November 2016 at the Humanities Centre (at the University of Alberta.) All were welcome and encouraged to volunteer as judges during the ounds.

Finals were held at the Historic McKay Avenue School in December of 2016, starting at 6pm. All were welcome and encouraged to join us as spectators for the finals.

The awards ceremony held on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, was an opportunity for high school winners to be recognized for the achievements, and they received a scholarship, book prize, and medal.  The first place speaker received the Arthur O. Claud trophy, and the first place debate team received the Basil Dean Memorial Trophy. 




June 13, 2017:​

Congratulations to all of student award winners!

The 2013/2014 debate competition was held on November 9, 2013, with the finals held on December 5, 2013. 


       The Society gives special thanks to the Nearctiic Group for its continued financial support of the Debate, Speech, and Essay Competitions and their assistance in the advertising support for the annual Memorial Banquet.


The Sir Winston Churchill Society of Edmonton