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FCDI South #5 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 Florida Civics & Debate Initiative Tournament South #5, to be held Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at Christopher Columbus High School, 3000 SW 87th Ave, Miami, FL. This tournament will be live and in person.
This FCDI 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 90-minute session. The tournament will begin at 3:30PM Eastern time. We hope to finish awards by 6:00pm, but please be flexible regarding the end time of the event. Please arrive by 3:00PM to check in. If you have a student competing in Extemporaneous Speaking or Debate please arrive by 2:45PM so they can begin prep. 
The full schedule can be found in the Schedule tab on the Speechwire registration page for the tournament.
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE Friday, March 1, 2024 at 5pm.
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
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Public Forum Debate
Extemporaneous Debate
Extemporaneous Speaking
Impromptu Speaking
Dramatic Performance
Duo Interpretation
Informative Speaking
Just Talk - middle school and novice only
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 March/April 2024 NSDA topic - Resolved: The primary objective of the United States criminal justice system ought to be rehabilitation. 
Public Forum Debate: We are using the March 2024 NSDA topic - Resolved:  In the United States, collegiate student-athletes should be calssified as employees of their educational institution. 
Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas: International Affairs, U.S. Current Events, Economics.
Impromptu Topic Areas: Quotes from Famous Military Leaders, Quotes from Famous Sitcoms, Quotes from the Scottish Enlightenment.
CONGRESS LEGISLATION: A legislation packet will be provided by Wednesday, February 28, 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, etc.!
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: Pizza will be offered prior to awards, we will be taking presale requests until the start of round 1. Please contact tournament head Gabriel De Tuya with the amount of students requresting melas prior to arrival to help facilitate. The cost will be $5 for 2 slices of pizza, a beverage, and chips, or $2 for a single slice.
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
Gabriel DeTuya, gdetuya@columbushs.com, (501) 247-2249

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David Fechtel
Email address: david.fechtel1@fldoe.org
Phone number: 8132954079

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

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