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FCDI South #4 at Christopher Columbus High School

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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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This is a Middle/High School tournament in Miami, Florida.
You are cordially invited to the South Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #4, to be held Tuesday, December 5 at Christopher Columbus High School, 3000 SW 87 Ave, Miami, FL 33165. This tournament will be live and in person.
This tournament offers middle school, high school novice, and high school varsity competition. All schools are welcome to compete in this tournament.
There will be two rounds of competition in all events except Congressional Debate, where there will be one 2 hour session. The tournament will begin at 3:30pm Eastern time. We hope to finish awards by 7 PM, but please be flexible regarding the end time of the event.
The full schedule can be found in the Schedule tab on the Speechwire registration page for the tournament.
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE Monday, November 27, at 5:00pm.
Please plan to arrive at the tournament no later than 3:30pm the afternoon of the tournament to check in.
EVENTS and DIVISIONS: We offer middle school, novice, and varsity divisions. If numbers allow, we will offer separate middle school and novice divisions. We reserve the right to combine divisions. If we combine divisions, we will offer a Middle School Champion Award in addition to the usual awards. "Varsity" is Year 2 of high school debate.
No Double Entry. If a coach submits the same student for two events, that student will be automatically disqualified for both events.
Congressional Debate
Dramatic Interpretation
Duo Interpretation
Extemporaneous Speaking
Humorous Interpretation
Impromptu Speaking
Informative Speaking
Just Talk - middle school and novice only
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Original Oratory
Public Forum Debate
Observers are allowed, but must be registered.
NOTE: Students will debate BOTH sides of the resolution. 
Lincoln Douglas Debate: We are using the NSDA 2023 November/December Topic - Resolved: The United States ought to prohibit the extraction of fossil fuels from federal public lands and waters.
Public Forum Debate: We are using the NSDA 2023 November/December Topic - Resolved: The United States federal government should forgive all federal student loan debt.
Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas: 
Impromptu Speaking Topic Areas: Winter wonderland, finish the sentence
CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to ­­­­­­Apryl Taylor, taylorfcdi@gmail.com, no later than noon Wednesday, November 22.
Templates are under Files for Download.
JUDGES: We will need your judges in order to run the tournament.
The judge ratio for this tournament is 1 judge for every two debate entries; 1 judge for every 5 speech/interp/congress entries.
Please bring parents, teachers, former students, etc.!
A judge training video and additional judging resources can be found HERE
Adults and coaches may judge any division. Qualified varsity with at least 75 NSDA points on record may judge the middle school and novice divisions. Judges need to be trained. They may take the NSDA judge training course if they did not attend any judge training. It is the affirmative duty of the coach to ensure that all judges (except students) must be approved as volunteers through their district’s volunteer system.
CONCESSIONS: Concessions (pizza, snacks, drinks, etc.) will be available for purchase with cash only.
COACHES: Coaches must be available for the duration of the tournament.
FEES: FCDI member schools pay no fees. Non-FCDI schools pay $4.00/student.
Please make checks payable to and mail to:
The Florida Debate Initiative
c/o Tara Tedrow
215 N Eola Dr
Orlando, FL 32801
Gabe de Tuya, SFCDI Ambassador
Email address: gdetuya@columbushs.com
Phone number: 501-247-2249
Glenyz Pereira, SFCDI Ambassador
Email address: G.pereira@sheltonacademyschools.net
Phone number: 786-334-9516


Manager contact information

David Fechtel
Email address: David.Fechtel1@fldoe.org
Phone number: 8132954079

Mailing address

Florida Debate Initiative
Attn: Tara Tedrow 215 N Eola Dr
Orlando, FL 32801

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