Student speech team member speaking in classroom


The Speech Team promotes the ability to speak with confidence and conviction. The team competes in an average of 25 tournaments throughout the school year and has traveled across the country and internationally to compete. The Bethany Speech Team motto is “Take the Room!”  When you are speaking, everyone is there to listen to you. You have the power!

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Speech Tournaments

Speech team members (L to R) Jacob Schneider

PLUM stands for Parliamentary League of the Upper Midwest. PLUMs are an excellent way to refine debate skills and have fun doing it. Check out

Speech team on stage with trophies
Vocal Viking

Vocal Viking October 27 and 28, 2023 The Last One! (See the end of the invitation) The Vocal Viking offers the 11 standard individual events

Speech team with their trophies
BLC Debate Scrimmage

Debate Scrimmage Tournament Invitation (.pdf) The Bethany Debate Scrimmage is postponed until after the COVID crisis. The Scrimmage consists of two parts: A training session in

“Being on the speech team has benefited me not only in public speaking skill, but confidence. When you are standing in front of a room full of people, it pays to know how to harness all that nervous energy into something manageable.”
Baylee Amy
Baylee Amy

Any student can compete!

The Bethany Speech Team is a co-curricular activity that uses what you learn in the classroom to make you a better speaker on the team. This highly educational activity is open to all students, regardless of experience.


The Speech Team travels to nearly 20 tournaments in a school year. The Bethany Speech Team has traveled to both the East and West coast, Florida to Washington state, and everywhere in between. The team has even traveled to Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, and China on debate trips. Where will you take the team?


We have a great time practicing, traveling, competing, and simply hanging out with each other. Whether it is playing in the ocean, seeing foreign countries, or outwitting your teammates in a game of trivia, you will enjoy your time on the team. The best times you will have in college will be in an extra-curricular activity. Make it the Speech Team!

Academic Credit

Students who participate in a certain number of tournaments and events can earn academic credit that can apply to graduation. Learn stuff and get the credits to prove it!


The Bethany Speech Team offers a performance scholarship to students who qualify. Read more about financial aid at Bethany or download the scholarship form.

Mission Statement

The Bethany Speech Team upholds the mission of Bethany Lutheran College, which is to provide a quality liberal arts education in a Christian atmosphere. As a co-curricular program complementing the Communication curriculum, the Speech Team promotes skills in communication, research, and leadership in order to fulfill the college’s goals of fostering spiritual development, intellectual and creative growth, self-understanding, and responsible citizenship.

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Next Steps

Interested in studying at Bethany? Scheduling a campus visit is a great way to see what we have to offer. You can meet professors or sit in on a class too! Contact our admissions office to learn more.