New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament

2019 — Bronx, New York, NY/US


The Bronx High School of Science

Speech & Debate Team

 75 Bronx Science Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10468

July 24, 2019

Dear Moderators:

The Bronx High School of Science Speech & Debate Team cordially invites you and your team to join us at the Forty-Ninth New York City Invitational Tournament, our longstanding tradition of offering a challenging and competitive early season tournament.

This year’s tournament will take place from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at the Bronx High School of Science and PS/MS 95.  We will offer varsity Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and, on Saturday and Sunday, Congressional Debate, Dramatic Interpretation of Literature, Duo Interpretation of Literature, Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation of Literature, Informative Speaking, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation and Prose & Poetry. For more specific information, please refer to the pages at (tabs to the right-side).

Registration will open August 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm.  All entries will automatically be wait listed until the September 1st weekend when entries will be reviewed and cleared based upon several factors, including geography and diversity of entries, to fairly distribute all the available slots.

Public Forum debaters will debate the September/October 2019 Public Forum Debate topic.  Public Forum will use the CURRENT NSDA PILOT RULES.  A link to them will be provided once available. Policy debate teams will debate the 2019-20 National High School topic on arms sales.  Lincoln-Douglas debaters will debate the September/October 2019 National Speech & Debate Association LD topic.  Congressional Debate legislation will be released prior to the tournament.

Bronx Science remains a qualifying competition for the National High School Tournament of Champions (TOC) in all four debate events: octafinalists in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Public Forum Debate, quarterfinalists in Policy Debate and finalists in Congressional Debate. The NYC Invitational is a bid tournament for the TOC in all speech categories. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at   We very much value your continued support of our school and the tournament and hope to have the opportunity to personally express our appreciation and welcome you and your team at Bronx Science this October.


Jean M. Donahue ’77, Ph.D.              Kirby Chin ’88                                    Robert Levinson ’80

Principal                                             Co-Tournament Host                         Co-Tournament Host

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