Join Us

Thinking about joining?

You can always email Mrs. O'Donnell at odonnellsh@sd5.k12.mt.us for more information.

Stop thinking and jump in!  You'll find yourself in good company, no matter what your interests. Whether you are liberal or conservative, or into skiing, snowboarding, music, dancing, cross country, football, volleyball or track - we have students from every other activity, and we make it work.  

If you are:

  • a leader
  • a good student
  • competitive
  • looking for something productive to do after school
  • wanting to meet new friends
  • a thinker
  • dramatic
  • someone who loves to talk
  • someone who likes to watch the news
  • someone who loves to debate
  • someone who can see the glass as half full and half empty at the same time
  • someone who has a heartbeat and is looking for a new adventure

FHS Speech and Debate is the place for you!  Join a group of friends you never knew you had - find a coach or teammate and come to practice!

Welcome to the Flathead High Speech & Debate program. We are excited that you have shown an interest in the most successful team at FHS, as well as a very rewarding and meaningful program.
Being a part of this program should be considered a privilege. Winning is absolutely part of our tradition…
Commitment, dedication, hard work through discipline, team support, attitude, and good sportsmanship are the heart of FHS Speech & Debate.
The coaching staff expects students to make appropriate and mature choices in all aspects of their lives.
Students are expected to follow all Flathead High and Montana High School Association rules. This includes no use of drugs (including tobacco and alcohol) at all during the season.
Failure to follow the expectations will result in immediate dismissal from the team.
Seniors who are considering graduating early, joining the FVCC Running Start program, or similar programs are encouraged to check with FHS and MHSA eligibility guidelines.
Practice schedules vary based on a student's event and coach. As a general rule, squads will practice Monday-Friday after school.
While we pride ourselves in developing a flexible practice schedule, it should be noted that attending practice twice a week is required.  Coaches are more than willing to be creative to make this work.
All students who are eligible to compete at FHS and who follow our practice guidelines will be given the opportunity to compete in either varsity or JV tournaments.
What Now?
Students must pay the $35 activities fee and must complete ONLINE medical release and parent consent forms as soon as possible. Please note that all students must carry insurance. Reduced school insurance options are available.
Students must purchase an FHS Activity Pass. For more information, stop by the activities office.
We also encourage our parents to join the FHS Booster Club--a club whose generous contributions to our program pay for our travel meals and benefit the team.
We also have an active Speech and Debate Parents Group. They help organize snacks for tournaments, assist in fundraising efforts, direct the concession stand operation at the home tournaments, and sponsor parents’ night. Please fill out the Parent’s Group Interest Form for more information!
For more information please feel free to email Coach O'Donnell at odonnellsh@sd5.k12.mt.us. We will continue to update and utilize the FHS Speech & Debate web site. You can find this site easily by accessing the Flathead High web page, clicking on activities, and then choosing Speech & Debate.