Bellarmine Speech and Debate is recognized at both the state and national level as a highly-competitive program. The largest co-curricular at the school with approximately 150 participants and seven coaches, Bellarmine has won seven consecutive state team championships (2005-2012) and has earned team excellence awards at the national level for the last four 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.