The Speech Team promotes the ability to speak with confidence and conviction. The team competes in an average of 25 tournaments throughout the school year and has traveled across the country and internationally to compete. The Bethany Speech Team motto is “Take the Room!” When you are speaking, everyone is there to listen to you. You have the power!
“The speech team has taught me more than I ever imagined. I've gotten to travel across the country to give speeches about topics that I love, winning a lot of awards along the way. I've learned so much about politics and all of the things that are happening in the world. I can confidently get up in front of any group of people and give a speech on the spot if I need to, and do it effectively.” - Rachel Skaaland, captain of the speech team
“Being on the speech team has benefited me not only in public speaking skill, but confidence. When you are standing in front of a room full of people, it pays to know how to harness all that nervous energy into something manageable.” - Baylee Amy
Any student can compete!
The Bethany Speech Team is a co-curricular activity that uses what you learn in the classroom to make you a better speaker on the team. This highly educational activity is open to all students, regardless of experience.
The Speech Team travels to nearly 20 tournaments in a school year. The Bethany Speech Team has traveled to both the East and West coast, Florida to Washington state, and everywhere in between. The team has even traveled to Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, and China on debate trips. Where will you take the team?
We have a great time practicing, traveling, competing, and simply hanging out with each other. Whether it is playing in the ocean, seeing foreign countries, or outwitting your teammates in a game of trivia, you will enjoy your time on the team. The best times you will have in college will be in an extra-curricular activity. Make it the Speech Team!
Students who participate in a certain number of tournaments and events can earn academic credit that can apply to graduation. Learn stuff and get the credits to prove it!
The Bethany Speech Team upholds the mission of Bethany Lutheran College, which is to provide a quality liberal arts education in a Christian atmosphere. As a co-curricular program complementing the Communication curriculum, the Speech Team promotes skills in communication, research, and leadership in order to fulfill the college’s goals of fostering spiritual development, intellectual and creative growth, self-understanding, and responsible citizenship.