2018 Reagan Great Communicator Debates Western Qualifier

2017 — Sherman Oaks, CA, CA/US

Overview, Topic, Format, Fees, and Judging

Overview and Scholarships 

Overview for the entire Great Communicator Debate Series can be found here: www.reaganfoundation.org/ReaganDebates 

$50,000 in scholarship money is awarded each year.


The topic for the 2017-2018 Great Communicator Regional Qualifiers is: 

RESOLVED: The United States should shift the power of congressional redistricting away from state legislatures.

Additional resources to help get you started on your research can be found on the Great Communicator Debate Series website at: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/media/129982/2017-18-regional-topic-and-research.pdf

You are not limited to the resources provided, but rather can use these as a starting point for your research.

Debate Format

Details for the Great Communicator Debate Series debate format can be found here: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/media/129897/gcds-information-guide_final.pdf

Competitor Rules and Eligibility

A complete set of Rules and Eligibility can be found here: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/great-communicator-debate-series/debate-resources/


Each competitor must provide 1 judge for the competition. Judges must be at least 18 years old and have been out of high school for two years to be eligible to judge, meaning the person should have graduated in June 2015 or earlier. NO HIRED JUDGING IS PROVIDED

Sample ballot can be found here: https://www.reaganfoundation.org/media/129899/great-communicator-debate-ballot-2017.pdf

Judge Training Video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4nlGuYILQ4


The deadline to register competitors is November 1, 2017, at 5pm (PST). Entry fees will be also be final at that day and time. 

Entry Fee: $40/student

Please make checks payable to Notre Dame High School.  

Entry fees must be brought to registration on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 8am if they are not sent in at least 2 weeks BEFORE the tournament.