Douglas to host district speech and debate events
High school students will converge on Douglas High for three days of Northern Nevada Forensics League speech and debate competition this week.
The competition begins on Thursday when Douglas hosts the league’s District Congress Debate from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in rooms 606, 607, 610 and 611. Douglas coach Karen Heine noted that nearly 100 students will demonstrate the process of law-making as they engage in “presenting bills, discussing the worth of these ideas, voting and operating much like a senate or house chamber.” The “best student legislators” will be selected to proceed to the National Speech & Debate Association’s national championships on June 18-23 in Birmingham, AL.
On Friday, students representing more than 20 Northern Nevada schools will continue the competition at the District Speech and Debate competition. Four rounds of speaking and debating events will be held from 3-9 p.m. (with a dinner break scheduled for 5:30). Lincoln-Douglas debate, Policy debate, Public Forum debate will start the competition, followed by speaking events such as Humorous interpretation, dramatic interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, original oratory and others.
The competition concludes on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. and lasting all day. Debate and speaking events will alternate as students go through an elimination process leading to the semifinals in the late afternoon.
Heine said that almost 200 community members will be working to help judge the various competitions.