A RIGOROUS CONTEST THAT THOROUGHLY CHALLEnGES STUDENTS' DEBATE SKILLS
The National Civics and Debate Championship is a rigorous contest that thoroughly challenges students' knowledge, debate skills and endurance. While most conventional debate tournaments require students to compete in only one event, this event, the first and only of its kind, requires students to compete in different debate events on each of three tournament days.
A TRIATHALON EVENT
This event will offer a unique competitive experience where students must compete in a different event each of the three days of the competition to demonstrate the breadth of their civics knowledge and the diversity of their communications skills. The tournament will culminate in a special awards ceremony in the beautiful hotel ballroom.
All middle and high school students NATIONWIDE are invited to attend. There will be a middle school division and an open high school division.
We have a maximum capacity of 380 students, so register early!
We are pleased to offer student scholarships to offset the cost of attending. Scholarship amounts are $1,000 for Florida students and $1,250 for out-of-state students. There is no limit on the number of students per school who can apply for scholarships.
The deadline to apply for scholarships is midnight, September 16. Scholarship winners will be notified by September 23.
You will be able to can access the scholarship application from Speechwire or at the button below! Please note that students must fill out the scholarship applications.
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
August 5-Registration Opens
August 15-Scholarship applications open
September 15 -Scholarship applications close
September 23-Scholarship recipients notified
October 5-Legilsation submission deadline
October 11-Hotel reservations close
October 21-Tournament registration closes
October 22-Drop fees in effect
In November 2021, the FCDI hosted the inaugural National Civics and Debate Championship (NCDC), which showcased a “next level synthesis” of civics education and debate competition. The NCDC thoroughly challenged students’ civics knowledge, debate skills and endurance. Students participated in a three-day competition with over 150 students and 26 teams.
With exemplary performance in rigorous contests aligned with Florida’s standards, students competed in the areas of Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Debate, Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Sports Analysis (a new event added to attract a new demographic of competitors).
While most conventional debate tournaments require students to compete in only one event, the NCDC “triathlon” required students to compete in different debate events on each of the three tournament days.