DSDL Novice Championship

2020 — Cary, NC/US

Dogwood Speech and Debate League Novice Championship

Host: Cary Academy - 1500 N Harrison Ave - Cary, NC - 27513

Date: Saturday, February 29th, 2020


Registration: Day of registration will run between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. Last minute changes should be texted to (205) 746-1907 if they are known prior to arrival.


Events Offered:

  • Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Public Forum Debate
  • Student Congress
  • Declamation
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Informative Speaking
  • Original Oratory
  • Poetry
  • Programmed Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • Prose 



Public Forum - Resolved: The United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals. 


Student Congress: 

NOTE: Because the District Congress tournament is being held in conjunction with the Novice Championship, the procedures for the DSDL Novice Championship are different than in years past.

Student Congress legislation should remember the following information in regards to submission:

  • Congressional debate entries must be submitted no later than 5:00PM on February 24th, 2020.
  • No legislation will be accepted from schools.  The DSDL will provide unaffiliated legislation.
  • Legislation will be posted no later than Monday, February 24th, 2020.


Entering Multiple Speech Events:

For the DSDL Novice Championship, students in speech events will be allowed to enter three speech events.  The only exception is students who enter Extemporaneous Speaking.  Students in Extemporaneous Speaking are limited to two speech events only.


Extemp Topics:

  • BRICS nations
  • Canada & Mexico
  • Terrorism (Global & Domestic)
  • US Agriculture
  • US Entitlement Programs
Impromptu Topics:
  • Coming Soon


Prose & Poetry:

For the Novice Championship, the DSDL will have both Prose and Poetry as two separate events.  Both events will need 6 students in order to justify the splitting of the events.  If registration closes without the proper numbers, the DSDL will combine the event into Oral Interpretation of Literature.


High School Judges:

For the Novice Championship, schools may bring current high school students to judge.  They must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed 4 or more semesters in high school (Current Junior ('21) or Senior ('20))
  • Currently have 250 (Degree of Distinction) or more NSDA points on file with the NSDA
  • Have an active Tabroom account linked to their profile.


We hope to see you there! 

Michelle Boswell, Director    

RJ Pellicciotta & Shawn Nix, Tournament Host