Speech is a competitive activity which encourages learning the art of public speaking. In addition to public speaking, the activity also includes analysis, performance, research, writing, leadership, creativity, and listening. Although competitive, it is an activity which is educational and as much about personal growth and achievement as it is about competition.

The St. Peter Speech program has a long tradition of success. Fourteen St. Peter students have been State Champions, which ranks in the top 10 of most of any Class A school in Minnesota. St. Peter routinely finishes in the top two or three of each tournaments, sub-sections and sections. St. Peter is a member of both the National Forensics League and the National Junior Forensics League. Members of the speech team are also members of these organizations and earn career points.