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CHSAA State 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 Colorado.

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Welcome to the registration site for the CHSAA Colorado Speech and Debate State Championship Tournament!

Many thanks to Rhonda Blanford-Green, Bud Ozzello, Audra Cathy, and the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) for their continued support of speech and debate activities in the state of Colorado!

Tournament Information

Tournament Date: March 22-23, 2019

Location: Mountain Vista High School, 10585 Mountain Vista Ridge, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 

Qualification: Students qualify to compete at the Colorado State Tournament based on their performance at the regional qualifying tournaments

Rules: Please be sure to review all rules and information regarding the tournament. Rules and information can be found on the CHSAA website at  http://www2.chsaa.org/activities/speech/pdf/18_19_CO_Speech_Handbook_Updated.pdf

Schedule:  We will use the same schedule as last year.  It has been posted on the "files for download" on this website at  http://www.speechwire.com/files/8794-CHSAA%20State%20Tournament%202019.pdf

Registration: Registration must be completed at www.speechwire.com by March 11, 2019. Late, missing, or incomplete registrations will result in a $25 late fee.  Registration will be live as soon as Regional directors to mark qualifying entries in Speechwire.   (For directors to do this, inside the Regional sites, go to Posting center, then Post results and qualify competitors.  Click Build tournament report.  This should pop up the advancing entries according to the quotas and allow Speechwire to import qualifers to the State Speechwire site.)

Registration Procedures:

  • Go to www.speechwire.com
  • Go to "Tournament Calendar"
  • Go to "CHSAA State Tournament" and click on the link.
  • Register your team by accepting your qualifiers to the State Tournament.
  • Please ensure that student names are listed as you would like them to be listed in the State Tournament Book and in any tournament results.
  • For the Interpretation of Literature events and POI, please update, if needed, the title and author information for each selection. Remember that competitors are required to bring a copy of the original source(s) to the tournament.
  • For Original Oratory and Informative Speaking, please update, if needed, the title of the speech and in parentheses identify the topic area. For example, "One Word" (Use of Language)
  • An Oratory/ Informative Cover Sheet and a typed manuscript of each qualifying oration and informative speech must be submitted to CHSAA (mail or email) by March 5.


Extemp Topic Areas: The order of topic areas for the tournament will be drawn at registration on Friday morning and announced for all competitors.

International Extemporaneous Topic Areas
The Americas
Middle East
National Extemporaneous Topic Areas
U.S. Foreign Policy
Legal and Constitutional Issues
Energy and Environment
Health Care and Education
U.S. Economy

Debate Resolutions:

CX Debate 2018-2019 Topic

     Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States. 

Lincoln Douglas Debate March-April 2019 Topic

     Resolved: The illegal use of drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice.

Public Forum Debate March 2019 Topic

     Resolved: The United States should promote the development of market rate housing in urban neighborhoods.


Questions or concerns?

Feel free to contact Bud Ozzello or Audra Cathy at CHSAA: bozzello@chsaa.org, acathy@chsaa.org

Feel free to contact Tournament Director, Sally Graham at sally.graham@dcsdk12.org

Feel free to contact Tournament Co-Director, David Montera at david.montera@pueblocityschools.us

Manager contact information

Sally Graham
Email address: sally.graham@dcsdk12.org
Phone number: 303-350-0900

Mailing address

Colorado High School Activities Association
14855 E. 2nd Avenue
Aurora , CO 80011

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