Participating in debate is easy! All you have to do is contact us to express your interest, and we’ll connect you with our supportive network of educators. We encourage local circuits of schools to hold invitational contests throughout the fall semester, and will provide support staff to help launch debates in your part of the state! For more information on the accessible Public Forum Debate format, see our Learn to Debate page.

Season

WHSFA plans to offer online debate contests occasionally throughout the winter/spring 2021 semester.

State Debate Festival

  • April 16-17, 2021 (online; alongside Speech; debaters can participate in different round time slots and still participate in Speech).
  • Practice debate meets will be held leading up to the State Festival.
  • Entries may debate either 4 rounds Friday or 4 rounds Saturday:
Friday 4/16 Saturday 4/17
4:00pm
8:30am
5:30pm
10:00am
7:00pm
11:30am
8:30pm
1:00pm
  • 4 wins=gold; 3 wins=silver; 2 wins=bronze; 1 win=small bronze
  • Topics (April NSDA topics; LD announced Feb. 1; PF announced Mar. 1).
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