Seattle Academy Invitational

2020 — Seattle, WA/US

Friends and Colleagues,


I’m pleased to invite you to the 2020 Seattle Academy Invitational, this November 6-7 at the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. This year’s tournament will feature competition in both speech and debate, and we are pleased to report our tournament will be recognized as a TOC Finals bid qualifier in Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum, a Tier-1 Congressional Debate tournament, and a TOC and NIETOC speech bid tournament.


We are hopeful that the COVID-19 situation will permit an in-person tournament. Seattle Academy is in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. In addition to a great tournament, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and fun things to do in the area. However, as time goes on, we may discover that we need to shift to an online format. We will address and make public such a change as soon as possible. In any event, our tournament will feature great competition and low registration fees.


We will initially have registration open for open, junior, and novice divisions in Policy, Lincoln Douglas, and Public Forum debates. We will have open and novice divisions in Congressional Debate, Dramatic Interpretation, Dual Interpretation, Extemporaneous, Humorous, Impromptu, Informative, Program Oral Interpretation, and Original Oratory. We will collapse divisions as necessary.


We will also offer competition in one additional speech event: Original Performance. Original Performance is an event that allows students to present fiction, both prose and poetry, of their own creation. Competition in the event is free (though you must still supply judging).


If you have questions about the tournament, please contact Brad Thew at The tournament website can be found at, and the official invitation can be found here (will be updated later this summer).


As a final note, if registration expenses are prohibitive to your team’s attendance at this tournament, please let me know. Speech and Debate is an activity for everybody, and we want to alleviate financial obstacles to this if possible. We can work together to make this happen!



Thank you for all you do, and have a great season!



Brad Thew



Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences

Rhetoric Department Chair

Speech and Debate Coach

WSFA Secretary