Debate Team

The speech and debate team is open to any student interested in practicing their effective communication through the study of current events. The club provides its members with the opportunity to compete in tournaments, gain research skills, and make important connections with like-minded people.

Club Contact

Chantelle Gossner

Chantelle Gossner


Debate Coach - Communication Studies and Philosophy

Club Activities

Fierce Competitors

Read an article about an award-winning member of the debate team, Bryn Voigt, who won the Singletary Outstanding Debater Award two years in a row, an honor given to the top debater across all of the formats of the competition.

Award-winning Teams

Despite a shift in format, during the 2019-2020 season, the team was named the 2nd place overall Division II program in the Northwest Forensics Conference.

Consistent Records

The USU Speech and Debate team regularly places in top positions during competitions. Recently, the team produced varsity national champions in IPDA debate for two years running, claiming the top spot at PKD nationals in 2018 and the top two places in 2019.

Debate Results

January 2022 Debate

The Utah State Speech and Debate Team returned from its final conference tournament, the Fred Scheller Memorial, and was named a silver program for their overall performance

October 2015 Debate

Attending the largest comprehensive speech and debate tournament of the year, the Utah State University Speech and Debate Team returned from Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon placing first place in debate and 5th in overall sweepstakes.