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Victory Briefs Squads is now accepting applications!

We’re excited to announce that Victory Briefs Squads is now open for applications for the 2019–2020 debate season. Squads gives debaters an opportunity to work with top coaches and collaborate as a team with other students from all over the country.  Squad membership provides weekly Squad practices, frequent private coaching sessions, access to a curated […]

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VBI 2019 PF Camp Topic Announced

The topics that will be used in Public Forum debate at VBI 2019 have been finalized for all locations. VBI Philadelphia (June 29 – July 12): The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative. VBI Los Angeles Session 1 (July 14 – Aug 2): The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative. VBI […]

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VBI 2019 LD Camp Topics Announced

The topics that will be used in Lincoln-Douglas debate at VBI 2019 have been finalized for all locations. VBI Philadelphia (June 29 – July 12): Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals. VBI Los Angeles Session 1 (July 14 – Aug 2): Resolved: Japan ought to amend Article 9 of its constitution to allow […]

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Grace Johannes Wins NSDA Nationals

Congratulations to Liberty High School’s Grace Johannes for winning the 2019 National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament in Lincoln-Douglas debate. In finals, Grace defeated University High School’s Nehal Chigurupati on a 12-1 decision. Full results and pairings can be found here.  

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Lincoln Douglas Topics List for 2019-2020

In late July/early August, active coaches and member students may vote online for a new slate of LD topics chosen by the LD Wording Committee at its summer meeting. The 2019 September/October LD topic will be announced August 8. Resolved: Predictive policing is unjust. Resolved: The United States ought to grant legal personhood to natural […]

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Delbarton Wins Catholic Nationals

Congratulations to John Manahan & Yash Patel of Delbarton School for winning the 2019 Catholic Forensics League Grandnational Tournament. In finals, Delbarton defeated Ayush Patel & Jason Scheller of Eagan HS on a 3-2 decision (Hamilton, Sheppard, Shurtz, Teters*, Scheffler*). Full results can be found here. Congratulations to all!

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Maya Arora Wins NCFLs

Congratulations to Cape Fear Academy’s Maya Arora for winning the 2019 National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament. In finals, Maya defeated Syosset High School’s Ronit Dhulia on a 3-2 decision. Full results and pairings can be found here.

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Submit LD topic suggestions!

The NSDA is taking LD topic suggestions until June 1. You can submit your suggested topics here. I plan on submitting some or all of the following topics. The wordings are pretty rough. If you have any suggestions for improving them (or just think some of them definitely should or should not be submitted), please […]

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