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1st Annual Loyola Invitational Opens For Registration

The Loyola Invitational is open for registration at https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=2209 The tournament will be held September 13-15th at Loyola High School and has been designated a finals-bid qualifier to the Tournament of Champions. Following the tournament, we will host a three-round novice and JV opener on Sunday afternoon for both policy and …

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Valley Mid-America Cup opens for registration

The Valley Mid-America Cup is now open and accepting registration at www.joyoftournaments.com/ia/mac The Mid-America Cup is an octofinals bid to the TOC in LD debate, and a semifinals bid in policy and PF debate. It also features a Congress division. New this year: – In addition to our third annual …

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Where Do We Go From Here? By Ty Joplin

Give a quick glance at the debate community, and you’ll see frenetic brains hissing at each other at high-speeds, kids dressing like mid-career freelance journalists, feverish yet for the most part respectful rivalries, and passion. A whole lot of spitting, heated passion. Amongst our toils, differing opinions, and snarky comments, …

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NSD 2013 Camp Resolution

The NSD camp topic will be Resolved: The United States ought to prioritize the pursuit of national security objectives above the digital privacy of its citizens. A note: Cases are not required before camp, but you may want to work on them prior to camp in order to maximize the …

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Laith Shakir is 2013 NFL LD Champion

Birmingham, AL – NFL NATIONALS 2013 FINALS  Laith Shakir (neg) def. Richard Shmikler on a 5-4 decision (Boyd, Traas, Watkins, Rye, Mishra, Herrera*, Pellicciotta*, Toftey*, Brund?*) You can watch the live stream tomorrow (06/21/13) at 2:30 P.M CT at the following link: http://nflnationals.org/watch-finals-live/ Lincoln-Douglas “Semifinalists” (Places 7-14) 14. Foster DL (Donovan …

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2013/2014 Potential LD Topics Released

2013-2014 LD Topic List 1. A just society ought to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased. 2. A progressive income tax is more just than a flat income tax. 3. Compulsory inclusion of non-felons’ DNA in any government database is just. 4. Hypersexualized representations by the media are …

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WDM Valley Announces Varsity Round Robin

West Des Moines Valley High School, its students and coaching staff, are pleased to announce the First Annual Valley Varsity Round Robin, a round robin that will feature 12 of the top varsity LD debaters in the country. The Valley Varsity Round Robin will take place on the same day …

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National Symposium for Debate 2013 Pre-Institute Updates

6/18: Email questions before and during camp to nationalsymposium@gmail.com. 5/28: Travel plans were due May 22. Anyone who hasn’t submitted yet needs to do so ASAP. 5/20: Reminder! Accepted students and staff should submit a travel plan by going to nsdebate.org, clicking travel, and scrolling to the bottom of the …

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TOC Time Machine: View packets from 2001 – 2013

UPDATE: The packets for 2009 – 2013 are available online, but for the convenience of the readers of the Update (and the users of the Time Machine) I’ve posted them here for quicker access. – ed. Since about 2009, most tournament results packets have been posted online in some electronic …

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Rebecca Kuang Wins 2013 Tournament of Champions

Lexington, KY–The final round of the 2013 Tournament of Champions featured Greenhill’s Rebecca Kuang against St. Louis Park’s Richard Shmikler. On a split decision, Rebecca emerged victorious: Sam Hamad and Chris Vincent voted affirmative for Greenhill; Ari Parker dissented. Rebecca is coached by Aaron Timmons, Bekah Boyer, Jake Nebel, Lyall …

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Lake Highland Prep wins Florida Novice State championship

The Lake Highland Prep novice Lincoln-Douglas team concluded the Florida novice state championships with a 7-way closeout. Neal Kapoor, Sreya Pinnamaneni, Krupali Patel, Navya Potthamsetty, Michael Corder, Olivia Trumble, and Whitney Beamer were all declared State Champions in Novice LD. Suzie Sharpe and Gloria Nashed were coached over in Octafinals. …

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Fred Robertson is the NDCA Educator of the Year

Above: Educator of the Year Robertson celebrates his victory with either some kind of gang sign or a misguided attempt at the Vulcan salute. Fred Robertson, head coach of Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska, is this year’s National Debate Coaches’ Association Educator of the Year. The decision was …

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