Bellarmine Speech and Debate is recognized at both the state and national level as a highly-competitive program. One of the largest co-curriculars at the school with approximately 150 participants and eight coaches, Bellarmine has won nine consecutive state team championships (2005-2014) and has earned the highest level of team excellence awards at the national level for the last seven years. Additionally, Bellarmine was the only school to win the overall School of Excellence Award at the 2012 National Championships. These awards are most meaningful as a demonstration of Bellarmine's commitment to teaching students the essential life skills of listening, communication, research, writing and organization.
The competitive calendar begins in September and ends in June, but most team members also prepare throughout the summer. Students compete locally, throughout the state and/or throughout the country. In all cases, they keep in mind the broader goals of Bellarmine in general and of the team in particular.