CV Speech and Debate and Key Club

CV Speech and Debate and Key Club Gear Up for the New School Year
LD Debater, Nikita Marathe, focuses on her case during an invitational.

Two of Cumberland Valley High School’s largest and most formidable clubs, the Speech and Debate team and Key Club, have started the school year with a bang. Both clubs are both drawing from their successes of years before and adding new ideas in order to bring their respective clubs to new heights.

Key club is adding more and more volunteering opportunities as well as continuing popular events from the past year. They are continuing offering warehouse shifts at the Central PA Food Bank, where CV students helped to move 6.5 tons of food last year, and shifts at the Country Meadows Retirement Community. New events this year include children’s events at the Carlisle YMCA and allowing key club members to volunteer at 100 Women Who Care Meetings; this is a recently started event where 100 women in the greater Harrisburg area donate 100 dollars each, pooling together 10,000 dollars. They then meet four times a year to vote on which non profit to donate the money to. Key Club volunteers would attend meetings and help with clerical work and brainstorming.

“I’m most excited for volunteering at internal events because they are the lifeblood of Cumberland Valley Key Club,” Key Club President Florence Zhao said.

Key club also wants to streamline their day to day operations in order to better manage such a populated club. They want to delegate more things to various students and and entering all new members in to the international roster in a timely manner.

“I have been inspired over the years to see all kinds of students join key club or serve on the CV Key Club Board of Directors.  Their efforts in helping with CV events and community events has made a difference,” club advisor Mr. Fish said. “Success will be measured in increasing our total volunteer hours this year over last year and utilizing our meetings to promote worthwhile causes.”

By offering many community service events, the club wants each student to find out where they really enjoy volunteering and find their community service niche.

“I want students to concentrate their hours because that's how we grow our location-specific programs and build lasting personal relationships,” Zhao said. “From the sweet old folks at Bethany Village to the hilariously hyperactive kids at the YMCA, it's so easy to fall in love with community service. Volunteer work tests all parts of your personality…It’s just such a great way to build character.” 

Students interested in Key Club can pick up a membership form from room 260 and look at the club Facebook page to see available events.

Similarly, the Speech and Debate team wants to continue their success from last year. Students in the club regularly attend invitational competitions during the weekends; last year many ranked at Districts and participated in the State Speech and Debate competition. There are a variety of unique speech and debate events, including Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, and Public Forum, to meet the needs of any interested student.

“The team worked really hard and did really well last year, as many people made it to states and performed well there. Hopefully, the students who have been to States will not only practice and improve upon their own success, but will act as mentors for new members,” Co-Captain Nikita Marathe said. “I think that if we keep a consistent routine of meetings and practices and more underclassmen join we can do really well this year and continue the legacy of the club.” 

Many team members have benefitted from their experiences at Speech and Debate and encourage other students to come join.

I started doing speech and debate to overcome my public speaking anxiety. Debate taught me how to be more confident in my opinions and how to make an argument based on facts rather than solely on emotions,” Co-Captain Saba Rahman said.

“Not only do we learn a lot, but everyone bonds really well over the course of the year and after attending the tournaments together,” Marathe said.

The Speech and Debate team starte meeting in August in order to plan their meetings, start building their case and speeches, and plan their competition schedules. Their main goal for the year is for more students to rank at the State level competition, but they also ant to ensure that all the members of the club improve their critical thinking, logical thinking, and presentation skills.

“I think that anyone who wants to be challenged academically and be involved in current affairs would really grow by participating in this club. I, personally, have learned how to see an argument from multiple perspectives and to speak with more confidence,” Marathe said. “When we travel to all different schools to participate in competitions, I really enjoy meeting new people and learning their new perspectives on all the challenging topics they prepare for and debate.”

Students interested in joining Speech and Debate should email Mrs. Ann Pickering. 

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