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We are excited to announce that OSM will continue its tradition of offering debate as an
extracurricular activity. As part of the Illinois Middle School Debate League, OSM has
had an extremely successful debate program since inception, and we expect to continue the winning tradition this year! Last year, the OSM debate team placed 1 st in team medals, and 3 rd in speaker medals. OSM routinely finishes at the top of the league in both medals and speaker awards.

Michael Masterton, school counselor, is the OSM staff sponsor for the debate program.
Two OSM alumni and former award winning debaters will be teaching the OSM
debaters. Two parent sponsors will be providing support for the program throughout
the year.

Who can participate?

Debate is open to all students in grades 5th – 8th .
Why should my student debate? Debate sharpens a student’s ability to research and
analyze problems, think and listen critically, express thoughts clearly and fluently, and
better understand public affairs. The skills learned in debate supplement classroom
learning and are applicable to all aspects of education.

Practices and Tournaments 

Practices will be at OSM on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
3:30pm – 5:00pm beginning Tuesday, September 14th. Debate runs from September
through March. There are five tournaments throughout the school year, plus a state
championship (invitation only) in April. Initially, the tournaments may be virtual, and our
league successfully hosted the entire debate season last year online. There will be
plenty of support from coaches, volunteers, and current debaters whether tournaments
are virtual or in person. Click HERE for the Illinois Middle School Debate League SY2022

Tournament and Training Calendar.


The topic this year is “Resolved: The United States federal government should
substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.” The
debaters will present plans regarding Fracking, Agricultural Runoff, and Water
Infrastructure. Debaters will learn to argue both the affirmative and negative for each
plan. In past years, the students have debated Criminal Justice Reform, International
Arm Sales, and Immigration.

Tournament Information 

The Illinois Middle School Debate League (the "IMSDL")  first debate tournament (T1) is this Saturday, October 16.

Topic: Tournament 1 (T1)
Here is the Zoom link for Tournament One this Saturday (10/16)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 760 781 9916

Passcode: 835448

Share it with whoever wants or needs it.  The main room will be open at 7am. 

Please be sure that everyone attending from your school uses their first and last names as their "personal name" on Zoom. Debaters, judges, coaches, observers, everyone must use their first and last name as their personal name. 

Click here for tournament day schedule.

Guest Speaker 
Mr. Christian Kline came to speak to our novices. Christian has been involved in debate for decades, and in this video, you will see him giving a broad overview of debate to our novices. Feel free to watch and gain a better understanding of what our Knights are doing as part of debate here at OSM.
Click here to view video.

For More Information 

Please feel free to contact:
Laurie Montplaisir (Delaney, 2014 OSM graduate and RJ, 8 th grade) at
Emma Wright (Finn, 8 th grade and Kian, 6 th grade) at or
Michael Masterton (School Counselor) at

Click here  for the Student Created flyer.