Debate: Coaching a Classical Christian Team that Wins the War of Words

Leslie Moeller June 29, 2012

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2012


Geneva school of Boerne started a competitive high school debate team three years ago with six students meeting once a day at lunch. Today, competitive debate is a full year class and they compete at the state, national and international levels in two debate events. They have represented Geneva and classical education at the Texas State Tournament, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, The University of California, Berkeley, and The International Public Policy Forum. Team members have received bids to the Tournament of Champions and will be competing at the National Tournament this June. Classical education is a unique foundation for competitive debate which is the only forum allowing our students to compete against every other high school in the U.S. This seminar will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of competitive debate and the step-by-step process of building and coaching a team that will let your student take rhetoric as far as they can go. Two members of the Geneva (Boerne) Debate Team will be present.


Classical Education Debate Rhetoric


Leslie Moeller
Leslie Moeller started the debate program for Geneva School of Boerne and was the Head Debate Coach for 6 years. She has coached students at the local, state and national levels. This past year, she has had two Public Forum debate teams ranked as high as 5th in the Nation. Both teams plus one Student Congress debater qualified for the 2013 Tournament of Champions. Mrs. Moeller has a BA from the University of Virginia in English Literature and Economics and a JD from Boston College. In addition to coaching debate, she has taught Middle School Language Arts, Dialectic and currently teaches Senior Thesis. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of Geneva and the SCL Board.

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