VBI 2020 Camp Topics Announced

The topics that will be used in Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate at VBI 2020 have been finalized for all locations. Lincoln-Douglas VBI Philadelphia (June 27 – July 10): Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee. VBI Los Angeles Session 1 (July 12 – July 31): Resolved: States ought to ban […]

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Jo Spurgeon Wins NSDA Nationals

Congratulations to St. Mary’s School’s Jo Spurgeon for winning the 2020 NSDA National Tournament. In finals, Jo defeated Jackson’s Shreyaa Nagajothi. In semifinals, Jo defeated Charlotte Catholic’s David Edwards and Shreyaa defeated Bellarmine College Prep’s Eric Gottlieb. Full pairings can be found here.

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PF Nats Topic is Charter Schools

The 2020 National Tournament Public Forum debate topic is, Resolved: On balance, charter schools are beneficial to the quality of education in the United States. A total of 310 coaches and 474 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 59% of the coach vote and 58% of the student vote.

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Evan Li Wins the eTOC

Congratulations to Lexington’s Evan Li for winning the 2020 Tournament of Champions. In finals, Evan defeated Valley’s Animesh Joshi on a 3-0 decision (Castillo, Davenport, Li). Congratulations to Strake Jesuit’s Zion Dixon for being top speaker. Full results and pairings can be found here. Links to livestreams of rounds can be found here.

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Announcing the Next Off Podcast!

Victory Briefs is excited to announce our new podcast “Next Off”! The podcast will feature VBI Executive Director Chris Theis, VBI Researcher and Squads Coach Jacob Nails, and VBI Director of Publishing Lawrence Zhou. We’ll be discussing trends and arguments in contemporary circuit Lincoln-Douglas debate on episodes every other week.  Our first episode is already […]

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How to Cut a Card by Lawrence Zhou

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Victory Briefs. Lawrence Zhou was the 2014 NSDA National Champion in LD. He is an assistant coach at the Harker School and the Co-Director of Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Director of Publishing at Victory Briefs. […]

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April PF Topic is Military Presence

The 2020 April Public Forum debate topic is, Resolved: The United States should remove nearly all of its military presence in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. A total of 472 coaches and 834 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 48% of the coach vote and 59% of the student vote.

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