IHSA Administrator

Susie Knoblauch

Debate Team Calendar

IHSA State Series Programs
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Debate Examples


State Tournament

State Finals: March 17-18, 2017

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2015 IHSA Final Congress Debate Video

IHSA Debate Updates


IHSA Debate registration will be done through Joy of Tournaments at www.joyoftournaments.com . Entries are due March 1, 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lainee McGraw, IHSA State Final Manager, at emcgraw@d230.org

Policy Debate Topic
Problem area: China
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People's Republic of China.

2016-17 Illinois Tournament Schedule

Debate 2016-2017 Season
Illinois offers intense debate competition in the following types of debate: Policy, Congress, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum Debate. Use the following link to find invitations and more specific information about Illinois Debate Tournaments as they are updated during the season. If you have any questions about starting a new team or about tournaments themselves, please contact Lainee McGraw, IHSA Debate State Final Manager, Carl Sandburg High School, at emcgraw@d230.org.

Meeting Common Core State Standards through Debating and Speaking Activities

2017-18 Topic Synopsis

2017-18 NFHS Topic Ballot for Topic Selection

2017-18 NFHS Final Topic Ballot for Topic Selection