Since its inception in 2011, the St. Jeanne Debate Team has already become one of the preeminent middle school debate teams in Southern California. Aside from garnering hundreds of medals and trophies for speaker awards and team finishes at various league tournaments over the years, St. Jeanne has been the Inland Valley Debate League champions in 2016, 2014, and 2013. Also, our representative teams have finished in the top 20 at nationals/regionals for the the past 4 years, even earning an impressive 5th place in the nation at the National Middle School Debate Championship at Claremont McKenna College in 2014.
St. Jeanne debaters demonstrate remarkable improvements in their writing and gain invaluable lifelong skills in public speaking and critical thinking. Moreover, they appreciate the importance of teamwork and form lasting friendships. The team is coached by Monisha Crisell, a school mom and local physician.