Debate

Abilene High School Debate


Megan Hagaman: Debate Coach

Debate isa co-curricular activity offered at the High School that takes placeduring the Fall competition season. Competition begins in August andlasts through Mid-January. There are also opportunities for NationalCompetition and Travel in June, and summer debate camps throughout thesummer months. 

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What is Policy Debate? 

Atwo-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question for the duration ofthe academic year, this format tests a student’s research, analytical,and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan bythe affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offersreasons to reject that proposal. Throughout the debate, students havethe opportunity to cross-examine one another. A judge or panel of judgesdetermines the winner based on the arguments presented.

What is the 2015-2016 Topic?

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.

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Upcoming Debate Dates

McPherson Debate Tournament November 7th

Highland Park Debate Tournament November 14th

Sacred Heart Novice Night November 19th

Hutchinson Trinity November 21st

 
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