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Chesterton High School Speech and Debate Tournament

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General information

This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Indiana.

View manager contact information

For debate related questions, you can email clowery@duneland.k12.in.us
For speech related questions, you can email damccoy@duneland.k12.in.us
Chesterton Speech and Debate Tournament
December 7th - 12th, 2020 
General Information

All times will be in the CENTRAL TIMEZONE (Chicago)

Students will be unable to double across speech and debate.

Speech will utilize a hybrid system, combining synchronous and asynchronous competition.

All Saturday rounds will be live/synchronous for speech and debate.

The top 8 in each event will recieve ribbons. The top 3 will receive plaques/trophies.

Sweepstakes will be divided between Speech and Debate (rather than combined)

There will be a novice (first year) and varsity division in debate. Events may be collapsed or expanded to JV as the numbers warrant.

There will be a varsity (open) division for all speech events.

Fees:  $0

Debate Information Speech Information
Registration will close at 8:00am December 12.
Round 1 will begin at 8:15am

Top 8 speakers in each division will receive a ribbon and top speaker will receive a plaque/trophy.

We will recognize the outstanding presiding officer with a gavel and continue our tradition of having a student vote for the James Cavallo Leadership award in Congressional Debate

Bring 1 judge for every 4 entries.

In Congress, please bring 1 judge for every 6 entries.

This will be a "mixed" format tournament, with some preliminary rounds being judged asynchronously before the live tournament begins on Saturday, December 12th.

Some speech events will have FOUR rounds, which will all take place on December 12th. All rounds on December 12th will be live.

All other speech events will run EIGHT total rounds, with the first four being recorded and judged (asynchronously) during the week leading up to December 12th. The remaining four rounds on December 12th will be live. Depending on entry numbers, they will be prelim #5, prelim #6, SEM, and FNL.

Ballots for the 4 asynchronous rounds will be pushed as soon as we have students, judges, and video links. Speechwire's tournament schedule shows a suggested timing to judge these, but as long as they are finished before the deadline in the table below, you may judge at your leisure.

Students may enter as many events as they are capable of undertaking in a single day, with a few exceptions. If a student is competing in one of the four events below, they may not double in another event from those four (though they may enter another event not in this list):

  • Broadcasting
  • International Extemp
  • United States Extemp
  • Discussion (no doubling at all if you are in discussion, your full hour will be used in the discussion round).

Please bring 1 speech judge for every 4 speech entries. We ask all judges to be available for asynchronous and synchronous competition. 

VIDEO LINK DEADLINE (YouTube links) December 07 @5pm CST
*Speechwire may show different deadlines for the above because of differences between speech and debate, please refer to this table for speech deadlines*
  1. Congressional Debate
    • The Docket will come out on December 1st.
    • There will be a morning docket with 5 - 7 pieces of legislation regarding "Domestic Politics" and 5 - 7 pieces of legsilation regarding "US foreign policy."
    • Students will set the order in the chamber.
    • We will reset precedence and recency between round 1 and round 2.
    • The award for presiding officer will be determined by the afternoon session only.
  2. Lincoln Douglas Debate
    • Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee.
    • 4 minutes prep.
    • NSDA Speech times will be honored.
  3. Policy Debate
    • Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.
    • There are no novice topic restrictions at this tournament.
    • 5 minutes prep.
    • Open cross-examination is approved as are email chains.
    • NSDA speech times will be honored.
  4. Public Forum Debate
    • Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use.
    • 3 minutes prep.
    • Email-chains are approved.
    • NSDA Speech times will be honored (3 minute summary)
  5. World Schools Debate
    • Topic will be released on Dec 1st. 
    • We plan to offer two impromptu rounds and one prepared topic
    • No in-round prep
    • NSDA speech times will be honored


The following events will compete only on Saturday, December 12, in live rounds:
  • Discussion
  • Impromptu
  • International Extemp
  • United States Extemp

Topic areas and discussion artifacts will be released on December 07.

Questions and topics will be provided to the judge when they are assigned each round.



HYBRID EVENTS (8 rounds)

The following events will have 4 recorded rounds to be judged in the week leading up to December 12. Then, on December 12 they will have 4 live rounds, beginning with prelim #5, then prelim #6, SEM, and FNL:

  • Broadcasting (info to be released in "files for download")
  • Drama
  • Duo (memorized or scripted, splitscreen or together; just be safe)
  • Humor
  • Informative (no digital visual aides)
  • Oratory
  • Original Performance
  • Poetry
  • POI
  • Prose

The recorded videos should be uploaded to YouTube and then submitted here on Speechwire. We ask that students do not reuse videos from previous competitions.

For debate related questions, you can email Chris Lowery at clowery@duneland.k12.in.us For speech related questions, you can email Dakota McCoy at damccoy@duneland.k12.in.us


Manager contact information

Chris Lowery
Email address: clowery@duneland.k12.in.us
Phone number: 2193095316

Mailing address

2125 S 11th Street
Chesterton, IN 46383

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