The following changes were made to the 2017 competition:

  • The top six speech and two debate entries at the State Final will compete in Round 4. Only this Round 4 will be used to determine the final ranking of these top entries. Non-competing students will be encouraged to view this round. Two to three judges will score Round 4.
  • A school must have six entries to qualify as a team. Schools with fewer than six entries may not advance to the State Final but individuals may advance if they qualify.

Regional competitions will be hosted on March 11, 2017 at the sites shown below:

  • Meadowview MS in Surry County
  • JN Fries Magnet School in Concord
  • Grays Creek MS in Fayetteville
  • Thales Academy in Rolesville

The State Final will be April 1 hosted by New Century International Middle School in Fayetteville.

Extemporaneous Speaking Topics for 2017:

  • Regional Round 1 - Energy and the Environment
  • Regional Round 2 - Middle East
  • State Round 1 - North Carolina Politics
  • State Round 2 - Russia
  • State Round 3 - First 100 days of Trump Administration
  • State Round 4 - Healthcare

Public Forum Debate Topic for 2017: Resolved: In order to better respond to international conflicts, the US should significantly increase its military spending. 

We have resources to help new coaches understand forensics and judges to prepare to judge the events. The Prezi required for all judges is here.

The judge training video for Public Form Debate is here.

A video to help understand Public Forum Debate is here.

All ballots are now posted in the resources section of our website. They can also be found here for Speech events and here for Public Forum Debate.

This link from the National Speech and Debate Association may be used to access the rules which will be used to govern the actual events:

Complete rules are included in the NCASA competition rules linked here. All registration and competition dates are now posted on the calendar.

Events (and number of students per entry)

  • Humorous Interpretation (1)
  • Dramatic Interpretation (1)
  • Extemporaneous Speaking (1)
  • Original Oratory (1)
  • Duo Interpretation (2)
  • Public Forum Debate (2)

Each school may have a maximum of 3 entries per event. Each school may have a maximum of 12 total entries.

Sweepstakes points will be awarded to the top ten entries in each event with first place earning 10 points, second place 9 points, and so on to tenth place earning 1 point.