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Susie Knoblauch

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State Tournament

State Finals: Friday-Saturday, March 16-18, 2023

Site: Illinois State University, Normal

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IHSA Merchandise - State Final Apparel & Souvenirs: Minerva

2020-21 Debate State Final Awards


Illinois offers debate competition in the following types of debate: Policy, Congress, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum Debate. Use the links to the side of this webpage to find specific information about Illinois Debate Tournaments. If you have any questions about starting a new team or about tournaments themselves, please contact IHSA Debate State Final Manager, Martin Zacharia at marzac@d219.org.

2023-24 Topic Synopsis

2023-24 Topic Ballot

2023-24 Final Topic Synopsis/Ballot


The 2022 Illinois Communication and Theatre Association (ICTA) Conference will be held September 22-24 at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL - Join educators and coaches from around the state networking and attending sessions on IHSA Speech, Drama and Debate Rules and Updates. 

Conference Sessions

Conference Registration  



2023 IHSA Legislation for Student Congress

  • Congress Memo
  • Preliminary Legislation Assignments
  • Elimination Legislation Assignments
  • Resolution Template
  • Bill Template
  • Congressional Legislation Packet

Article of the Month

Beyond Google:  Speech and Debate Teaches Important Research Skills - by Ruth Kay 

NFHS "The Stage" Podcast