National Tournament

"There is no doubt that every lesson, friendship, and skill  I took away from speech and debate was formative to my work today. It shaped the way I think, and the way I'm able to strategically operate working in the Obama Administration. I'm indebted to the speech and debate community."

– Vikrum Dav Aiyer

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National Tournament

2015 Dallas Nationals

The National Speech & Debate Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world! To attend the National Tournament, students must place among the top competitors at one of 110 district tournaments across the country. Qualifiers will compete for college scholarships in one of 11 main events—Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate-House, Congressional Debate-Senate, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation—as well as seven consolation and supplemental events.

2015 National Speech & Debate Tournament

Location: Dallas, Texas

High School Dates: June 14-19 »

Middle School Dates: June 16-19 »

*Online Registration begins March 15, 2015!*

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Learn more about high school and middle school competition, hotels, transportation and more by clicking on the links to the left. 

Watch highlights from the 2014 Nationals below!


Future Host Sites

2016 Salt Lake City, Utah
2017 Birmingham, Alabama

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