Through speech classes and our competitive Speech and Debate Team, students develop the speaking and acting skills that allow them to become confident communicators in any arena. Students prepare, memorize, and present various types of dramatic material, competing locally and nationally against the finest high school speakers in the United States.
Tournaments, such as those held at Harvard, Wake Forest, and Emory Universities, prepare students for the highest level of competition. Brentwood Academy has a strong history of excellence in a variety of events such as Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Original Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, Prose, and Poetry.
MEET THE FACULTY
Austin is the Speech teacher and the Eloquent Eagles Speech and Debate Coach at Brentwood Academy. During his seven years of coaching competitive speech, he has qualified 22 different students to the annual National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament. Austin’s students have competed at the national level in Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Informative Speaking, and Persuasive Speaking.
Austin knows the experience of competing in high school at an elite level on a personal level. As a student at Blue Springs High School in Missouri, he won a national championship and national tournament runner-up on the high school national circuit. While competing at the collegiate national level, Austin advanced to 10 final rounds at nationals, succeeding as a national tournament runner-up, and won the national championship while representing Western Kentucky University.