How to Join
Each year, UK Speech and Debate is looking for talented, new students to become members of the team. To choose the best recruits, we hold auditions which take place during the first two weeks of the fall semester in August and September. Membership on the team is open to undergraduates from any college or major across campus.
To find out more about the team, please stop by one of our many events leading up to the fall auditions. We'd love to meet you and tell you about our experiences. A detailed listing of these events can be found below. Also, make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to learn more about our history and successes as a team! If you have any questions about the audition process or the team in general, please don't hesitate to contact us.
2019 K-Week Events
Please stop by and see us to find out more about the team!
We will post dates, times, and locations for our K-Week Events as soon as they are scheduled. See you there!
What to Expect During the Auditions
The audition process for the speech and deate team consists of three separate parts: public speaking, interpretation, and debate. We look for your potential as a speaker, so previous speech or debate experience is not required. Nearly half of the students on the team had no previous experience before joining our squad, so don’t worry if you’ve never done this before. Come give it your best shot, have fun, and see what happens!
To test your potential as a public speaker, each student will be given two quotations, asked to choose one, and develop a short two minute speech using the quotation as a starting point for your ideas. Each person will have two minutes to prepare their two minute speech and will be assessed on their ability to present their ideas.
During the audition, each student will be given an argument with reasoning supporting the claims. You can either agree or disagree with the argument and will have two minutes to prepare a short response to it. The goal of this segment of the audition is not to test your public speaking but is rather to see you work through a problem in real time.
In the days before the auditions begin, three short poems will be posted to this page. Each student will need choose one of the poems, practice it, and perform the selection during their audition. Students will be assessed on their ability to convey the emotion and meaning of the text.
Location and Times of the Auditions
Don't be shy. We're excited to hear you speak!
We will post information here as soon as we have updates about when and where auditions will take place, as well as how you can sign up. Keep checking in August for more specific information.