- Lincoln Douglas – Individuals debate a value-based topic that is changed every two months. Requires strong research and persuasive speaking, as well as the ability to understand an issue deeply.
- Public Forum – Teams of two debate contemporary issues that change monthly. Requires forceful speaking and quick thinking.
- Parliamentary – Teams of three take turns advocating and opposing a resolution. A good introduction to formal debate.
- Student Congress – At a tournament, a group of 15 to 30 students will participate in a mock legislative session in which they propose legislation and make speeches pro and con.
Speech and Drama
- Original Oratory – Students write and memorize an informative or persuasive ten-minute speech on the topic of their choice.
- Extemporaneous Speaking – Students have ½ hour to research and prepare a seven-minute speech on a current events issue. Requires knowledge and preparation of a broad range current events.
- Dramatic Interpretation – Individuals act out a 10-minute published dramatic script. No props allowed.
- Duo interpretation – Teams of two act out a 10-minute published dramatic script. No props allowed. No eye contact between the two members of a duo team is allowed. No physical contact between the two members is allowed. Clever choreography and creativity are important.
- Humorous interpretation – Individuals act out a 10-minute humorous published script.
- Declamation – Students memorize and present a 10-minute previously performed speech.
- Oral Interpretation of Prose and Poetry – In alternate rounds, students give readings of prose and poetry. Some tournaments feature separate prose and poetry events.
Last Modified on September 12, 2019