If public speaking is truly the number one fear in America, then the Chaminade Speech & Debate Society (CSDS) is fearless. This group of high school students competes at the local, state and national level in all forms of competitive high school speech and debate events.
Since its founding in 2007, CSDS has fielded a state qualifying team in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. They have even garnered international attention, and several weeks ago, CSDS teacher, Marianne Rosen was contacted by a Swedish television production company. The company invited Chaminade to be the only American high school forensic (speech and debate) team to part participate in the four-hour Swedish television documentary, The Importance of Teaching Speech and Debate at High Schools. Film crews recently visited Chaminade’s West Hills campus, and CSDS proudly represented Chaminade.