MBHS Student, Jane Grey Battle, Named A Member Of The USA Debate Team

  • Battle is currently ranked as the #1 debater in the state.

  • August 27, 2021 -- Congratulations to Jane Grey Battle for being one of only 12 debaters nationwide to be named a member of the 2021-2022 USA Debate Team. Jane Grey is the first student from the state of Alabama who will compete on this prestigious team. This upcoming year, she and her teammates will represent our country internationally in tournaments hosted by Singapore, Croatia, Germany, Thailand, and several Ivy League schools in the United States.

    According to the National Speech and Debate Association, the mission of USA Debate is to join the global promotion of free and civil discourse, foster international cooperation and education, as well as demonstrate competitive excellence and national pride. 

    In 2018, Jane Grey brought home a national championship in Middle School Public Forum Debate, earning Mountain Brook its first-ever National Speech and Debate Tournament championship title in this division. As a high school student, she has championed the Alabama State Debate tournament 3 times. She's also been a qualifier to the National Speech and Debate tournament 3 times, as well, in Public Forum and Congressional Debate events, a feat that less than 1% of all student-members achieve even once.

    This past summer, she and her debate partner, Maggie Doyle, advanced to quarterfinals in the national tournament, placing 7th out of 362 teams in the division, the highest level any Public Forum team from our state has advanced to since the inception of the event in 2002. 

    Jane Grey is currently ranked as the #1 debater in the state by the National Speech and Debate Association. She serves as captain of the Mountain Brook debate team, is a member of the National Forensic League Honor Society, and has been named an Academic All-American. She has received the Outstanding Debate Departmental Award, the Bill Gunn Research Award, and is a recipient of the Clinton Taylor Scholarship. 


    Submitted by Liz Wood-Weas