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NAUDL is excited to announce a new partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  The Great Communicator Debate Series offers the opportunity for your students to compete for college scholarships and a trip to the national finals at the Reagan Presidential library this July.  $50,000 in scholarship money is available for participating students.  Qualifiers for the national tournament will have travel costs for the student and a chaperon covered for the national tournament in Simi Valley, CA.  The finals will be held between July 23-26, 2015.

Students can qualify for the national finals in three ways this spring:

1) Regional qualifiers-  Qualifying tournaments will be held across the country.  Regional qualifiers will be held near Washington DCNew York CityKansas CityAustin and Los Angeles.   A number of spots at each district qualifier have been reserved for urban debate league competitors.  
2) Online qualifiers- Students who cannot attend a regional qualifier can compete online.  Debates will be held via videochat with other competitors from across the country.  Students interested in competing online can sign up here.  

3) Urban Debate National Championship Automatic Qualifiers- The top two speakers at the Urban Debate National Championship in Los Angeles this spring will receive an automatic qualification to the national finals at the Reagan Library.  Every qualifier for the Great Communicator Debate Series finals will receive a scholarship.

The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is designed to provide an avenue for high school students across the country to develop their civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions as they research, discuss, and engage in public debate.The format for the debate series is a modified public forum format.   The format is designed to mimic presidential debates.  Students debate one on one, instead of as teams   In keeping with the presidential debate spirit, the moderator will have a chance to conduct a short question period during the round.  

Regional Debate Topic: “The United States federal government should provide affordable post-secondary education to its citizens.” 

A separate resolution will be chosen for the national finals.  The Ronald Reagan Presidential library has created a resources page for debaters to start researching the issues.

If you have any additional questions about the debate series please let Luke Hill, Director of Debate Programs, know or check out the Great Communicator Debate Series  web page.