Event Information

Welcome Everyone!

The deBAYte family has many components ranging from speaking events to debate events. Each event adheres to their own practice schedule.

Feel free to drop by during any practice and ask questions!

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Event Meetings

All events hold practice after school from 3-4PM:

Lincoln Douglas Debate: Monday’s and Wednesday’s, Room 432
Policy Debate: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, Room 451
Public Forum Debate: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s(Novice Only), Room 403
Interp: Wednesday, Room 451
Extemp: Thursday’s and Friday’s, Room 403
Oratory: Tuesday’s, Portable 040
Congress: Monday’s and Thursday’s, Room 403

Event Captains

Justin Iannocone
LD Captain

In this one-on-one format, students debate a topic provided by the National Speech & Debate Association. Topics range from individual
freedom versus the collective good to economic development versus environmental protection. Students may consult evidence gathered
prior to the debate but may not use the Internet in round. An entire debate is roughly 45 minutes and consists of constructive
speeches, rebuttals, and cross-examination.

Courtney Walker
Interpretation Captain

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Kendra Blandon
Extemp Captain

Extemp combines international and domestic issues (as opposed to two separate events like high school). Students are
presented with a choice of three questions related to national and international current events. The student has 30 minutes to prepare
a seven-minute speech answering the selected question. Students may consult articles and evidence they gather prior to the contest,
but may not use the Internet during preparation.

Neil Press and Eric Beilin
Public Forum Captains

Public Forum involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Proceeding a coin toss, the winners choose
which side to debate (PRO or CON) or which speaker position they prefer (1st or 2nd), and the other team receives the remaining
option. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a “crossfire” (similar to a cross
examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team. Often times community members are recruited to judge this event.

Cami Tussie
Oratory Captain

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Annika Ramnath and Jake Howard
Congress Captains

A simulation of the U.S. legislative process, students generate a series of bills and resolutions for debate in Congressional Debate.
Debaters alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting. An elected student serves as a presiding officer
to ensure debate flows smoothly. Students are assessed on their research, argumentation, and delivery skills, as well as their
knowledge and use of parliamentary procedure.

Daniel Hsu and Howard Ki
Policy Captains

A two-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question for the duration of the academic year, this format tests a student’s research,
analytical, and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan by the affirmative team to enact a policy, while the
negative team offers reasons to reject that proposal. Throughout the debate, students have the opportunity to cross-examine one
another. A judge or panel of judges determines the winner based on the arguments presented.

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