2019 Century Debate Team at State Tournament - South St. Paul
Parent Judge Coordinator and Advisor
Each fall season, the Classic Debate League has two topics. The first is chosen in August by the Coaches. The second is voted upon by the students/teams and will be debated the second part of the season through the State Championship Tournament.
The 2020 Season Topics are:
First Topic: TBD - Determined in August
Second Topic: TBD - Determined in October
Debate tournaments are held each Saturday from October to December, with a break on MEA weekend and Thanksgiving weekend. Buses typically depart at 6 AM and return to Century at 6 PM. The State Debate Tournament, held in Minneapolis, is the first weekend of December.
Students debate with a partner in 4 rounds per tournament, each round lasting approximately 1 hour. They defend the resolution (argue the affirmative) in two rounds, and negate the resolution (argue the negative) in two rounds. Judges score each round, assigning points for effective argumentation, adherence to procedure, and speaker performance. Team and individual rankings are established, and winners are recognized at an awards ceremony at the conclusion of each tournament.
Oct. 3—Topic 1, Tournament 1—Eastview High School
Oct. 10—Topic 1, Tournament 2—Mayo HS (tentative)
Oct. 24—Topic 1, Tournament 3—Stillwater Area HS
Nov. 7—Topic 2, Tournament 4—Minnehaha Academy & TBD (second site)
Nov. 14—Topic 2, Tournament 5—Site Needed
Nov. 21—Topic 2, Tournament 6—Mankato East HS
Dec. 4-5—Classic State—South St. Paul HS
Please note: Parent volunteers are appreciated, and may serve as judges. Training is provided. Contact Coach Krista Boston or Parent Advisor Shulan Tian, if you're interested!
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