Just as iron sharpens iron, we believe that participating in competitive tournaments propels students to excel in their speaking abilities. Tournaments are where parents see the vision for speech & debate come to life and students become excited about the fruits of their labors.  Knowing this, we highly recommend students participate in tournaments, and require students to compete in at least two during the season.  

Mars Hill will be hosting the following tournaments in Arizona:

~  Cactus Clash - TBD Fall 2023,  at Cornerstone Family Church in Fountain Hills

~  Camelback Classic  – TBD Spring, 2024 at Cornerstone Family Church in Fountain Hills

Stoa provides tournaments in various states and at the end of the season they host the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC).  Students must be invited to NITOC in order to participate.  Students who earn 2 checkmarks in one event receive an invitation to Nationals.  A checkmark is earned when the student ranks in the top 40% of competitors in a particular speech event.  Click on the Stoa Tournament Calendar tab above for more information.