You are expected to work independently for tryouts. Speeches will be checked for independent work. Your contentions need to be strong and solid. Be prepared to defend your contentions from judges' refutations.
part 2: Monday, september 18
Top 50 Student will be selected from their Part 1 speech. You will receive an email either way.
If you are selected, you will be given the topic that you should research for the verbal part of our tryout process.
The second part of this will take place on Monday, September 18, you will be able to pick a timeframe.
Top 30 students will be notified by email. We will hold a parent meeting for all those who make the top 30. We need at least one parent per child to attend this meeting.
Practices will start on Thursday, September 28
Parent meeting for top 30: Tuesday, september 26 5:30-6:30 this is a mandatory meeting
February 3: Norwood School, 8821 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
March 2018: To be Determined.
May 5, 2018: Tentative Championship - TBD
May 26, 2018: George Washington University - City Championship
The debate club will be participating in the Nation's Capital Debate League in order to improve students’ researching, writing, and public speaking ability. Each week students will either take notes on a lecture or participate in practice debates to expand their knowledge of current events and prepare for coming tournaments.
The NCDL assigns four topics for students to research about a month ahead of each tournament. The topics will generally be regarding social concerns on the international, national, regional or local levels. Students must research both sides of every topic and be prepared to debate on either side at a tournament.
In addition to their weekly meeting, students must commit 4+ hours a week to research work and team collaborations.
Fees: $150 Team Fee**** $200 Judges Fee^^^^
****This fee includes Debate Club Registration, Tournaments fees that are not tournaments (those selected for tournaments will split the fee amongst the participants)
^^^^In our Parent Meeting you will learn how to get this fee waived, if you choose. If you choose to pay this fee, it will cover staffing related fees for Debate Team.
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