Reagan Great Communicator Debate Western Qualifier

2020 — Sherman Oaks, CA/US

Overview, Topic, Format, Fees, and Judging

Overview and Scholarships 

Overview for the entire Great Communicator Debate Series can be found here:

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


The topic for the 2019-2020 Great Communicator Regional Qualifiers is: 

Resolved: States are more effective at legislating to improve the environment than the federal government.

Additional resources to help get you started on your research can be found on the Great Communicator Debate Series website at:

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

Debate Format, Rules, and Eligibility Criteria 

Details for the Great Communicator Debate Series debate format, rules, and eligibility can be found here:


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 2017 or earlier. NO HIRED JUDGING IS PROVIDED

Sample ballot can be found here.

Judge Training Video can be found here.


The deadline to register competitors is February 20, 2020, 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, February 22, 2020, at 8am if they are not sent in at least 2 weeks BEFORE the tournament.