IHSA Administrator

Susie Knoblauch

Debate Team Calendar


Debate Examples

IHSA State Series Programs
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State Tournament

State Finals: March 16-17, 2018

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2018-19 Topic Synopsis

2018-19 NFHS Topic Ballot for Topic Selection

2018-19 NFHS Final Topic Ballot for Topic Selection

Mock Trial

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 February 28, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lainee McGraw, IHSA State Final Manager, at emcgraw@d230.org

Policy Debate Topic
Problem area: Education Reform Resolution:
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.

Debate 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.

Debate Tournament Schedule


2018 IHSA Legislation for Student Congress