National Speech and Debate Tournament

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The National Speech and Debate Tournament is a week-long high school championship forensics competition hosted by the National Speech and Debate Association. It is held annually in early June, and is hosted in a different part of the United States every year, although it tends to be hosted in cities that are amenable to the large influx of students and coaches, and have reasonably-priced accommodations.

Also called "Nationals" by many forensic competitors, the National Tournament involves competition between competitors across the United States; thousands of competitors from across the country attend each year. The 2009 tournament was held in Birmingham, Alabama. The 2010 tournament took place in Kansas City, Missouri and was again held there in 2014. The 2011 and 2015 tournaments took place in Dallas, Texas. A list of all the participants in the latest tournament (as well as several past tournaments), including the unofficial results, is available.

Qualifying at the District Level[edit]

Competitors qualify to the National Tournament by placing in the top spots at District Tournaments. The number of competitors in each event in each district determines the number of competitors that will qualify to the National Tournament from that event. For example, smaller districts of 200 competitors may only be able to send the top one or two teams from each event, while larger districts may be able to send up to four. Those who qualify at the district level then move on to participate in the National Tournament.

In most districts, there are two qualifying tournaments. For example, some districts may opt to split the qualifying competition for Student Congress from the remaining events, or hold separate tournaments for Individual Events and Debate. Additionally, some districts allow competitors to "double enter". This means that rather than entering in a single event at a district qualifying competition, a competitor enters in two events. A competitor competing in multiple events must sign a letter of intent beforehand, stating which event they choose to go in if they qualify for nationals in both events. If they register in a team event, that event takes precedence over an individual event.

Competition at the National Tournament[edit]

After a competitor gets eliminated from a qualifying event, they may move on to a supplemental event. If the competitor is eliminated later in the competition in a qualifying event, or is eliminated from all of their supplemental events, they may compete in a consolation event. A competitor may register to compete in two supplemental events and one consolation event, but these registrations must be filed by the coach before the tournament begins.

Tournament Events[edit]

Qualifying Events[edit]

Supplemental Events[edit]

Consolation Events[edit]

Past NFL National Champions in Lincoln–Douglas Debate[1][edit]

1980 – Mary Ambrose, Omaha Marion HS, Nebraska

1981 – Oscar Cantu, San Antonio-Churchill, Texas

1982 – Melissa Obegi, The Marlborough School, California

1983 – James Kincaid, Jr., Tulsa-Washington HS, Oklahoma

1984 – David Yalof, Bronx HS of Science, New York

1985 – Patrick Bannon, Regis HS, New York

1986 – John Wertheim, St. Michael's HS, New Mexico

1987 – Bailey Irwin, West Charlotte HS, North Carolina

1988 – Anoop Mishra, Homewood HS, Alabama

1989 – Bob Berry, Battle Ground Academy, Tennessee

1990 – Shalini Ramanathan, Newman Smith HS, Texas

1991 – Thomas Marlowe, Chesterton HS, Indiana

1992 – Jay Steed, Providence HS, North Carolina

1993 – Matthew Whitley, San Angelo Central HS, Texas

1994 – Claire Carman, Vestavia Hills HS, Alabama

1995 – Justin Osofsky, Isidore Newman School, Louisiana

1996 – Dan Vukelich, Benile-St. Margaret's HS, Minnesota

1997 – Marc Wallenstein, Greenhill School, Texas

1998 – Allison Pickett, Vestavia Hills HS, Alabama

1999 – Stephen Davis, Des Moines-Roosevelt HS, Iowa

2000 – Adam Preiss, Monte Vista HS, California

2001 – Maya Babu, Eagan HS, Minnesota

2002 – Oscar Shine, El Cerrito HS, California

2003 – Adam Chilton, Mountain View HS, Arizona

2004 – Jed W. Glickstein, Edina HS, Minnesota

2005 – Tara Tedrow, Celebration School, Florida

2006 – Douglas Jeffers, Dulles HS, Texas

2007 – Taarini Vohra, Hockaday School, Texas

2008 – Todd Liipfert, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Texas

2009 – Shivani Vohra, Hockaday School, Texas

2010 – Benjamin Sprung-Keyser, Harvard-Westlake School, California

2011 – Josh Roberts, Northland Christian School, Texas

2012 – Gabe Bronshteyn, Monte Vista HS, California

2013 – Laith Shakir, Leland HS, California

2014 - Lawrence Zhou, Bartlesville High School, Oklahoma

Past NFL National Champions in Policy Debate[2][edit]

1980 - Paul Kollmer, John Schmitt, LaSalle College HS, Pennsylvania

1981 - Jeffrey Wortman, Mark Koulogeorge, Glenbrook-South, Illinois

1982 - Jeffrey Abate, John Bu, Cathedral Preparatory, Erie, Pennsylvania

1983- Andrew Charrier, Stephan Florman, St. Francis HS, Minnesota

1984- Mike Cole, Steve O’Brien, Huron HS, South Dakota

1985 - Jeff Grizzel, David Bearce, High Point-Andrews HS, North Carolina

1986 - Brian Kramer, Robert Unikel, Glenbrook-North HS, Illinois

1987 - Sarah S. Gannett, Zachary H. Leber, Manchester HS, Massachusetts

1988 - David Ball, David Massey, Westminster Schools, Georgia

1989 - Noah Levine, Don Gibbons, San Antonio-Lee HS, Texas

1990 - Craig Ackerman, Steven Sklaver, St. Mark’s School of Texas

1991 - Charles Henn, Bill Fullilove, Westminster Schools, Georgia

1992 - David and Jonathon Reymann, Vestavia Hills HS, Alabama

1993 - Chad Sachs, Aleem Mawji, Kinkaid School, Texas

1994- Brian Ralston, Rosylyn Rhee, Centerville HS, Ohio

1995 - Kristen Langwell, Rachel Gressel, Niles-West HS, Illinois

1996 - Dustin Marshall, Lindsay Harrison, The Greenhill School, Texas

1997 - Ari Meltzer, Andrew Silverman, Glenbrook-North HS, Illinois

1998 - Andrew Bradt, Caitlin Talmadge, The Greenhill School, Texas

1999 - Shawn Powers, Dan Shalmon, Glenbrook-North HS, Illinois

2000- Michael Klinger and Kevin Mazur, Glenbrook-North HS, Illinois

2001 - Stacey Nathan and Michael Klinger, Glenbrook-North HS, Illinois

2002 - Josh Branson and Michael Martin, St. Mark’s School, Texas

2003 - Joshua Garen and Ben Meiches, The Blake School, Minnesota

2004 - Matt Nadel and Adam Stern, Glenbrook North HS, Illinois

2005 - Alex Lamballe & Tripp Rebrovick, & Matt Bodnar & Kevin Wieck, Montgomery Bell Academy, Tennessee

2006 - Matt Grimes and Dylan Groves, Bellarmine College Prep, California

2007 - Matt Fisher and Stephanie Spies, Glenbrook North HS, Illinois

2008 - Evan Defilippis and James Hamraie, Colleyville Heritage HS, Texas

2009 - Sean Hernandez and Reid Ehrlich-Quinn, Damien HS, California

2010 - Misael Gonzalez and Kevin Hirn, Whitney Young Magnet High School, Illinois

2011- Sam Clark and Miles Owens, George Washington HS, Colorado

2012 - Liam Hancock and Jeffrey Ding, West HS – Iowa City, Iowa

2013- Nathaniel Sawyer and Natalie Knez, Glenbrook North High School, Illinois

2014 - Christopher W. Callahan and Brent E. Mitchell, Glenbrook South High School, Illinois


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