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More than 1600 high school students from around the country will compete in Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Invitational speech and debate tournament Jan. 5–7 in Tempe, the largest tournament in Arizona.
Representing more than 125 schools in 19 states, the students are members of the National Speech & Debate Association, formerly the National Forensic League.Members of the ASU forensics team.
Topics for the debates are decided by the association and have included education in the U.S., economics and business, technology and the environment, and President Donald Trump’s first year. Public speaking competition develops advocacy regarding current events and personal values.
The bulk of the competition will take place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6 and 7. Final rounds will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, with anywhere from 16 to 30 finalists. A complete schedule of events during the tournament is available here, and for locations of events, click here.