• Debate

    Mandatory auditions will be handled via ACCEPTD after you have submitted your application.
    You will be able to upload the required pieces via the platform upon receipt of an email from Arlice Young. 

    Please be aware that acceptance into our Debate program requires some after school

    and weekend practice and competitions. 


    Audition Requirements:

    ***Phase III Applicants (if you applied between March 11 and August 2022) will only do Part 1 of the Audition Requirements outlined below unless requested otherwise. ***

    Part 1: 

    Please choose one of the following, prepare accordingly, and video record your response to upload for consideration:

    1.  For the quoted topic below, prepare at least two Affirmative or two Negative contentions/ arguments with evidence and a source for each. Be prepared to defend your argument. 

               Topic: "The benefits of Genetically Modified Food outweigh the risks."


    1. Prepare an original 3-minute oratory-type speech on the topic of your choice. The speech may be serious or humorous, but must have a point - i.e. Relationships, Peer Pressure, or another topic you feel strongly about. 


    Part 2 - Call Back (only upon invitation):

    Be prepared to meet virtually with the Debate coach and other Westbury Debaters. 


    Call Back Session Length:

    15 minutes  


    Should you need further assistance preparing for your audition, please contact Arlice Young at ayoung5@houstonisd.org or Nancy Mendez at ayoung5@houstonisd.org.


    We are happy to accept students of all experience levels. We ask that you please come prepared and display

    a commitment to your participation in the audition process and in the Westbury HS Magnet Program.