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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Fortify?

We train junior high and high school students to speak boldly and change the world for Christ. We do this by training them to compete in speech and debate events.


Why is the club called Fortify?

Because the Lord fortifies us with His strength to build His Kingdom.


Where does Fortify meet?

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 4700 Wichita Trail in Flower Mound (map)


When do you meet?

Most Thursdays during the school year. Speech meets from 3:00-5:00 pm and debate meets from 5:30-8:30 pm. See calendar for details.


What participation obligations do parents have at Fortify?

One parent per family must attend and participate in the portions of the weekly club meetings in which their student(s) participate.


How much does it cost to join Fortify?

The base annual cost is $200 per family with one student or $300 for families with multiple students. The money is used to cover rent and other costs. The coaches and leaders are unpaid volunteers.


How is the money used?

To cover rent, as well as other expenses involved in running the club.


Are the Fortify coaches or staff paid?

No, they are unpaid volunteers.


What does a typical meeting look like?

Weekly club meetings will be held from 3-8:30 p.m.:


· 3:00-3:50 p.m.: Speech Flight 1

· 4:00-4:50 p.m.: Speech Flight 2

· 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Devotional & Dinner (Each family provides their own dinner.)

· 6:00-8:30 p.m.- Lincoln Douglas Debate

· 6:00- 8:30 p.m.- Team Policy Debate


What speech events do you coach?

Apologetics, Demonstration, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Expository, Extemporaneous, Humorous Interpretation, Open Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Persuasive

What debate events do you coach?

Lincoln Douglas, Team Policy, and Parliamentary


Is Fortify affiliated with Arrow?

No, but we coordinate with Arrow’s calendar.


Is Fortify affiliated with St. Nicholas Church?

No, but we are thankful for their gracious willingness to use their facilities.


What speech and debate league are you affiliated with?

Stoa (www.stoausa.org)


Do we have to join Stoa?

Yes, you have to join Stoa to compete in tournaments.


Am I eligible to join Stoa?

To be eligible to join Stoa, Competitors must be between 12 and 18 and home educated. Parents must affirm Stoa’s statement of faith.


Is there a cost to join Stoa?

Yes, it costs $75 per family to join Stoa, if paid by December 31st of the competition year.


Am I required to compete in tournaments?

No, but it is strongly encouraged. When students compete, we find that their skills increase tremendously and that they enjoy the tournament experience.