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This is a High School tournament in Florida.

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This is a Middle/High School tournament in Pensacola, Florida.

You are cordially invited to Northwest Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament #5's Pensacola High School's Presidential Panorama to be held Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Pensacola High School- 500 W Maxwell St, Pensacola, FL 32501. This tournament will be live and in person.

The NWFCDI Tournament #5 offers middle school, high school novice, and high school varsity competition. All schools are welcome to compete in this tournament.

There will be three rounds of competition in all events. Tournament check-in for Extemp Speaking is 8:00 a.m. CST.  Tournament check-in for all other events is between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. CST.  Extemp prep begins at 8:30 a.m. CST.  Round 1 for all events begins at 9:00 a.m. CST. 

Judges should check in at 8:00 a.m. CST.  There will be a short judge training at approximately 8:15 a.m.  

We hope to finish awards by 3 p.m. 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 Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 3:00pm.

Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your event start time.  This means no later than 8:00 a.m. for extempers and no later than 8:30 a.m. for all other speakers/debaters for all other events to check-in. If your students are competing in Extemp Debate, prep will begin at 8:30 a.m..

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.

Debate Events: 
(1 judge per every 2 entries)

  • Public Forum Debate
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate

Speech Events: (1 judge per every 5 entries)

  • Congressional Debate
  • Declamation
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Duo Interpretation 
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Impromptu Speaking (middle only)
  • Informative Speaking
  • Oral Interpretation 
  • Original Oratory
  • Program Oral Interpretation

Observers are allowed, but must be registered.


NOTE: Students will debate BOTH sides of the resolution.

Lincoln Douglas Debate: We are using the January/February 2024 NSDA topic - Resolved: The United States ought to substantially reduce its military presence in the West Asia-North Africa region.

Public Forum Debate: We are using the February 2024 NSDA topic - Resolved: The United States federal government should ban single-use plastics

Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas: The Energy Sector, College Athletics, Agriculture and Farming

Impromptu Topic Areas: Cartoons, Quotes from Presidents and First Ladies, Famous Entrepreneurs

CONGRESS LEGISLATION: Submit proposed legislation in either NSDA or NCFL format (either is fine) to ­­­­­­FCDI@fldoe.org, no later than noon Friday, February 9, 2024.
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, community members, 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.

LUNCH: Meals will be provided for all students, coaches, and judges.

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

Katrina Brownsberger, 816-520-0742
Ashley Carter, 850-516-8586

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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