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Congratulations to our first two debate teams. Jhared/Josh and Jennifer/Camila. Thanks to Jennifer's mom for judging the whole day!


Tournament information can be found at http://forensicstournament.net/home

The website for the National Forensics League is filled with information.

For information on Public Forum debate, view or download this pdf: http://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/PFNFL.pdf

Below is the tournament schedule for next year. Choose the tournaments and events that suit your needs. Expect to stay at a tournament the whole day (8am until possibly 10:30 pm). To be a full participant, plan on at least 3 tournaments entered at the varsity level.

Tournaments for the 2014-2015 season:

September 20 #1 Debate: Parli/Public Forum/Congress. Novice and varsity. Double Entry (1 per pattern)--As a team, we will focus on public forum.
Torrey Pines HS. DONE: Took two brand new teams! Both teams won a round in varsity which is impressive for a first try!

October 4 #2 Debate: Lincoln Douglas/Policy. Novice and varsity. Single Entry--Neither event will be a focus for our team. If you have a heart for Lincoln Douglas or Policy, talk to Mrs. Samuels.

October 25 #3 Speech individual events: Quadruple entries (2 per pattern).  Recommended: dramatic interp (get support from drama department), impromptu (good for preparation for developing thinking on your feet), and original oratory (good preparation for senior exhibitions)
    Carlsbad HS. The invitation has been issued. Go to "Tournament Info" in menu to left.

November 15 #4 Debate: Parli/Public Forum/Congress. Open division. Double entry (1 per pattern). As a team, we will focus on public forum. The topic is out nationally--see below. If you want to share in the research, tell Mrs. Samuels to share our googledoc folder on this topic. The invite isn't out yet. We'll know for sure once the invite shows up--slight possibility it could end up to be something different.

January 17 #5 Lincoln Douglas/Policy. Open division Single Entry--Neither event will be a focus for our team. If you have a heart for Lincoln Douglas or Policy, talk to Mrs. Samuels.

January 31 #6 Speech individual events: Quadruple entries (2 per pattern).  Recommended: dramatic interp (get support from drama department), impromptu (good for preparation for developing thinking on your feet), and original oratory (good for preparation for senior exhibitions).

Do not enter state quals unless you are available and willing to attend the state championship tournament should you qualify. This is a good year to go--the state championship tournament is only 3 miles from Mrs. Samuels' home in Murrieta!

February 20-21 State Quals #1 Parli/Public Forum/Congress.

February 27-28 State Quals #2 Lincoln Douglas/Policy

March 6-7 State Quals #3 Speech individual events

April 17-19 State Championship at Vista Murrieta High School (About 1 hour and 20 minutes from school)


Public Forum Debate


September/October 2014 Topic

TOPIC AREA: Sports in the United States

Resolved: On balance, public subsidies for professional athletic organizations in the United States benefit their local communities.

November 2014 Topic

TOPIC AREA: Agriculture

Resolved: On balance, the benefits of genetically modified foods outweigh the harms.

Kinds of Speakers:

A novice competitor must have never competed in any high school speech or debate tournament in previous school years. The intent of the Novice division is for students who have not yet competed and want to start on an easier playing field.

On the other hand, you do not need to start at novice level, but you can dive right in to varsity. Regardless, after round 2 of tournaments, only varsity will be offered.

To letter in speech and debate for LCHS you must compete as varsity in 3 separate tournaments. You must have fulfilled the hours commitment for each tournament and provided a judge for at least one of the tournaments.





Meeting dates to be determined and will be based on needs for particular tournaments.

Thursdays the 3 weeks before a tournament.









Competitive speaking:

  • promotes self-worth and self-esteem
  • promotes assertiveness and participation
  • builds positive societal interaction
  • develops oral presentation skills
  • develops listening skills
  • develops ethical responsibility

About the California High School Speech Association (http://cahssa.org/)

  • This statewide organization establishes rules and chooses debate topics and events for all high school participating in competitive speech in California.
  • The state is divided into leagues. Our league is the San Diego Imperial Valley Speech League.
  • Each year, on the last weekend of April or the first weekend of May, the State Tournament is held in California.

Observers:

1.  Enter rounds on time.

2.  Before entering a room, be sure no one is speaking.

3.  Stay in the round until its conclusion.

4.  Listen courteously to all speakers.