WELCOME TO SPEECH AND DEBATE

The Notre Dame Speech and Debate Team (formerly known as Forensics) has a long standing tradition of excellence in competitive public speaking and debate.  Students have the opportunity to develop their communication skills as well as representing our school at several tournaments throughout the school year. 
 

 

Awards and Recognition

Announcements

 

Orientation Part One:  Monday night September 18 at 6:30pm-8:30pm in Rooms 2 & 3. 

 Orientation Part Two:  Monday night September 25at 6:30pm-8:30pm in Rooms 2 & 3.

 

2005 National Champion

2014 National Champion

2005 National Champion

Fr. Stephan Isaac's Career Highlights

2005 National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest National Winner (see Fr. Stephan's Championship Speech in Resources section below)

NSDA Degree of Outstanding Distinction

Four-time NCFL National Qualifier: 2003: Original Oratory; 2004: Student Congress Semifinalist; 2005: Student Congress Semifinalist; 2006: Student Congress Finalist

Two-time PHSSL State Award winner: 2004: Student Congress, 3rd Place;  2006: Student Congress 3rd Place

2014 National Champion

Abby Marone's Career Highlights

2014 NSDA Congressional Debate House National Champion

Member of 2014-2015 Team USA World Schools Debate

Earned NSDA Degree of Premier Distinction

Nine total National Tournament appearances (all in Congressional Debate/Student Congress):

2012: NCFL, Semifinalist

2013: Tournament of Champions, Semifinalist; NCFL, Semifinalist; NSDA, Semifinalist 

2014: Tournament of Champions, 5th place; NCFL, 4th place; NSDA, 1st place

2015: Tournament of Champions, 5th place;  NSDA, 4th place

2013 PHSSL State Champion Student Congress Senate

 

2017-2018 Tournament Schedule

(tournaments marked individual participation are national events that the team does not attend, but students can. Also note that tournament dates and locations may be subject to change)

9/15-17     Yale Tournament - individual participation

10/14-16   New York City Invitational at Bronx Science - individual participation

10/28         Phillipsburg Invitational

11/4            ADFL/SCFL joint tournament

11/11         Manville HS (NJ)

11/18-19   St. Joseph's University Villiger Tournament

12/1-3        George Mason - individual participation

12/2-4        Princeton Univ - individual participation

12/9          LaSalle College HS

12/16          ADFL 

1/6               ADFL 

1/13             Shikellamy HS

1/20            Phillipsburg Winter Tournament at Lafayette College

1/27             Ridge HS

2/2-3           Pennsbury HS

2/10             ADFL 

2/11-12       U Penn  - individual participation

2/18-20       Harvard  - individual participation

2/25            PHSSL District 8 State Qualifier at TBA

3/3              ADFL National Qualifier at TBA

3/16-17      PHSSL State Tournament at Bloomsburg University

3/24-25       NSDA Valley Forge District National Qualifier at TBA

4/1                Holy Redeemer HS

April TBA   Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Video Oratory Contest Deadline (see Mr. Rizzo for details)

April TBA  Tournament Of Champions – speech and debate invitational individual participation

4/28            Southern Lehigh HS

May TBA   National Individual Events Tournament Of Champions – speech invitational individual participation

5/26-29     NCFL Grand Nationals in Washington, DC

6/10-15     NSDA Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

6/28-30     National Finals Pro-Life Oratory Contest at the National Right to Life Convention in Overland Park, KS

ADFL = Allentown Diocesan Forensics League, NCFL = National Catholic Forensic League,  NSDA = National Speech & Debate Assn.,

PHSSL = PA High School Speech League, SCFL = Scranton Catholic Forensics League

 

Tournament Forms

Tournament Photos - Coming Soon

Congress Bill Deadlines

11/12 Manville HS due November 7 at 3pm

11/19-20 Villiger Tournament at St. Joseph's University due November 9

ONE BILL OR RESOLUTION FOR PRELIMINARY DEBATE MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR EVERY THREE CONGRESSPERSONS OR

PORTION THEREOF (​4-­6 LEGISLATORS = 2 BILLS, ETC). Each​ school must also submit ONE (1) BILL OR RESOLUTION FOR USE

IN THE SUPER SESSION.  ​Please specify which bills should be used for Super Session!!!

12/10 LaSalle College HS due November 29. We may submit up to 2 pieces of legislation.