The debate team is just that -  a highly competitive team. Debate is so much more than a club. Debate prepares students for college and for life. We participate in the National Speech and Debate Association’s regional tournaments as well as the North Carolina Tarheel Forensic league.  We were granted charter membership in the National Speech & Debate Association in January 2014.

We have had tournament placing success during our last five years. While placing in a tournament is not the grand mission, the experience of standing on that stage with some of the strongest students in multiple-state competition is a very special moment in a high school career.

Whether placing in tournaments or just enjoying the competition of standing and debating – mind against mind, the UCHS debate team has come a long way since its beginning and enjoys a special relationship with Lenoir-Rhyne University’s debate program as well.

Mr. Jerry Willard, Advisor
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3rd Place at the 2016 Tarheel Classic in Chapel Hill:  Cole Pilgrim and Luke Kelty

3rd Place finish at Greenville, S.C. East Side High (2016):  Brock Pate and Charlee Sherrill
5th Place finish as Greenville, S.C. Riverside High (2016):  Brock Pate and Charlee Sherrill
7th place finish at Asheville High (2016):  Brock Pate and Charlee Sherrill

2nd Place at the North Mecklenburg Tournament (2016):  Sophie Hass and Olivia Eller