Ritenour Speech and Debate Speech

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Speech and Debate Coaches

Christina (Andrade) Melly*  (1244)

Anne Becherer (extension 1134, or room 134)

Rachel Hanser (ext 1238, in room 238)

Welcome to the Husky Nation! 

RHS Speech & Debate has grown teachers, politicians, engineers, state and national champions -- come join our proud tradition!


Our team practices speaking, listening, acting, arguing, researching, and thinking. Competitions take place in St. Louis and beyond, as we travel within Missouri and the US for state & national tournaments. No experience is required -- come to practice and find out what events will fit you.

For more information on the team check out the "More" tab or click here for more resources.

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Coach Profiles:


Coach Melly competed with RHS Debate as a student, and is proud to have returned as part of the coaching staff. Her favorite events are Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Duo Interpretation: she loves watching arguments on deep questions, but also loves being entertained by short plays. 

Coach Hanser also graduated from Ritenour, and is happy to have joined the team as an assistant coach. Humorous Interpretation is her favorite event to watch, because she enjoys how "into it" the performers get: everyone is laughing along with the actors, even the competition! 

Coach Becherer may not have graduated from Ritenour, but she still bleeds black & orange. Comedy and public speaking are her top events to watch because of the emotions and feelings that go into each performance. "Everyone chooses topics from the heart," which means they have incredible emotions. Though she's only watched a little bit of Policy Debate, she is amazed at how much the event means to competitors at a young age. "It's like listening to a bunch of (really talented) politicians."




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Speech and Debate at Marquette – 2/14/20

This weekend RHS Speech and Debate members Louise Gutierrez-Chavez and Romeo Jennings competed in the Marquette High School Varsity Invitational.  Both competed in the Poetry Event. Friday evening Louise and Romeo competed against 36 high schools from across Missouri. Lousie placed 2nd to advance to Semifinals. On Saturday, Louise continued on to the Final round

Speech and Debate Meets Lt. Governor – 2020

  On Friday, the Speech & Debate Team had the opportunity to meet Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe. They also received a personal tour of the Missouri State Capitol.

Speech and Debate – Rock Bridge Invitational – 2020

Congratulations to the speech and debate team on their performances at the Rock Bridge Invitational held in Columbia MO, for the 2019-2020 season! Junior Darian Dickerson did well in his radio performance, while Senior Louise Gutierrez Chavez and Junior Romeo Jennings both participated in the poetry performances, with Louise Gutierrez taking home 2nd place in

Speech and Debate – Saturday ONLY at U-City – 1/18/20

Competition for today was cancelled because of weather and has been condensed to Saturday only. Below is the schedule for U-City tomorrow 1/18/20: GSL 3 Saturday Schedule 7:30    Registration 8:00    Debate Round 1 9:30    Extemp Draw 10:00   Events Round 1 12:00   Debate Round 2 1:30    Extemp Draw 2:00    Events Round

Speech and Debate at Liberty – 11/15/19 and 11/16/19

Congratulations to the speech and debate team on their performances at their second GSL tournament for the 2019-2020 season! Juniors Darian Dickerson and Joshua Scruggs did well in their radio rounds, while Senior Louise Gutierrez Chavez, RHS’s very own Wicked Witch of the West, was able to bring forth her talent for drama with her

Club Meeting Dates: Fall 2019

CLUB MEETINGS: Morning Mindfulness, Mondays, 7:30 – 8 a.m., Room 234 (Counseling Offices) Game Changers Meeting, Tuesday, 7:15 – 7:50 a.m., Room 523 GSA, Tuesday, 3 – 4 p.m., Room 135 Riot Grrrls, Tuesdays, 3 – 4 p.m., Room 313 STAR Club, See Mr. Rodgers Speech and Debate Practice, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 3 –

Speech and Debate at Parkway West – 10/11/19 and 10/12/19

Congratulations to the speech and debate team on their performances at their first tournament for the 2019-2020 season! Junior Darian Dickerson finished with a 2-2 record in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, while juniors Austyn Elliott and Josh Scruggs performed well in their preliminary interpretation and radio rounds. Senior Louise Gutierrez Chavez supported the team as a judge

Speech and Debate – Team Calendar – 2019/20

Speech and Debate – Team Calendar Events can change throughout the year but this is the current plan. First Semester Competition/Events Calendar Date Event/Location Bus Times 8/24 GSL Workshop @ Pattonville HS Bus leaves RHS Saturday morning at 7:30am, will return to RHS around 1pm 10/11 – 12 Parkway West Invitational Bus leaves RHS on Friday