The fifth-annual IDEA and National Junior Forensic League Middle School Tournament kicked off yesterday, June 24th. A premier event hosted by IDEA and the National Forensic League, this tournament prepares young debaters for competition on the national level.
Participants traveled from around the United States to compete in different debate categories such as policy debate, public forum debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, and congressional debate. Students also participate in speech divisions that include interpretations, original oratory, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, or declamation. An exhibition division is also offered, in which students compete in storytelling and TV commercial events.
The 2010 National Middle School Tournament is being held at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines, Iowa. The tournament will conclude on June 27th, after the winners from each category have been announced. For more information, visit the tournament website.