Debate is a competitive speaking activity sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. While on the Debate Team, students learn to argue persuasively and to defend a position on a controversial policy. Options exist for partners or solo debaters, though all members work together as one team. Topics vary every month, from US poverty reduction to international foreign policy. Students travel to tournaments at other high schools across the metro area, meeting students from many different schools, and may participate in national tournaments at the end of the season as well. Debaters can compete in the novice, junior varsity, or varsity divisions, and have the opportunity to earn trophies, all-conference awards, or a school letter for high level participation. Debate is fun, competitive, and will reward students with valuable lifetime speaking and analytical skills.
The league exist to identify those student s who have an appreciation for math, to give them recognition and encouragement, to bring them together with similarly gifted students for mutual stimulation, and to prod them into the study of topics not commonly taught in the high school curriculum.
Make new friends, stretch your creative muscles, and learn valuable workforce skills in White Bear Robotics! Compete against teams from all over Minnesota in fierce and friendly challenges that you'll remember your whole life. All experience levels are welcome--no prior robotics experience required.
As a member of the Speech Team, students have the opportunity to compete in one of 13 events including Humorous Interpretation, Storytelling, Discussion, Creative Expression, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Great Speeches, Prose and Poetry Interpretation, Extemporaneous Reading and Dramatic Duo. Students practice one or two hours weekly with their coaches and compete in tournaments on Saturdays and some weekday afternoons and evenings. Any student in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 may tryout for the team. Upon earning a spot on the team a student is eligible for individual awards at all tournaments, membership in the National Forensic League and White Bear Lake Area High School Fine Arts letter as well as opportunities to build self-confidence and communication skills through participation in extracurricular speech.
The WBLAHS Trap and Skeet team was established in 2009. We compete in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League found at www.mnclaytarget.com, which is affiliated with the USA High School Clay Target League found at www.usaclaytarget.com. We are excited to be part of our nation’s fastest growing high school sport. We have a fall season for six weeks, and a spring season that includes 10 weeks during the school year, and then optional tournaments during the summer. The fall and spring teams have separate registrations (the fall team registers during the first week of school, and the spring team registers during February).
Students must be in 9th through 12th grade to participate in this sport. All students must have completed DNR Firearms Safety Certification or SAFE Certification (found at www.usaclaytargetsafe.com). We shoot from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Bald Eagle Sportsmen’s Association (BESA) range in Hugo. Trap is on Mondays and Skeet is on Wednesdays. New and experienced shooters are all welcome. Shotguns are provided to students without their own shotguns.