Mount Vernon Invitational and NIETOC Qualifier

2021 — Online, WA/US

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*** UPDATE #1 ON FRIDAY, 1/15: Here are the SPAR Instructions.   The TOP TWO SPAR contestants will be competing at awards on Saturday night! (Remember last year when they licked the shoe!!!  Aiden Simpson from Glacier Peak is hoping to get revenge for that this year!)  If you would like to be entered in this event, there is still space, just ask your coach.  Also, Cascade Commons has created a polling function so that the audience can decide the winner of this debate-- so all audience members will get to vote for the winner!

  • One debater picks the resolution from the list, the other debater picks the sides.

  • Times:

  • 1:00 Prep time for both debaters

  • 2:00 Affirmative Speech

  • 2:00 Negative Speech

  • 2:00 Cross- examination (questions may be asked by the debaters, audience, AND judge!)

  • 1:00 Prep time for both debaters

  • 1:00 Affirmative Rebuttal

  • 1:00 Negative Rebuttal

  • After all debaters have participated, debaters are ranked 1-6.

  • Debaters may spar twice if needed in order to keep the round going… but rankings are only based off of first performance.

*** UPDATE #3 ON THURSDAY, 1/14: There are SO MANY entries in Open Impromptu that we have made the decision to run a semifinal round!    (We enjoy giving away awards and this let's us give away many more!)  So, here is the updated schedule that we will be following.  We are grateful for your patience on this issue!

Saturday, January 16th

7:30am…      Round 1- Extemp Draw

8:00am…      Round 1- Extemp and Impromptu and SPAR; Showcase of Finals for HI and DI; Semifinals for OO and INFO

9:30am…      Round 4- Policy, PuFo, LD; Session 1 Super Congress

11:00am…   Round 2- Extemp Draw

11:30am…   Round 2- Extemp and Impromptu and SPAR; Showcase of Finals for DUO and POI

1:00pm…     Round 5- Policy, PuFo, LD; Session 2 Super Congress

2:30pm…     Round 3- Extemp Draw

3:00pm…     Round 3- Extemp and Impromptu and SPAR; Showcase of Finals for  OO and INF

4:00pm…     Quarterfinals for LD, PuFo; Semifinals for Policy (if needed),

5:00pm…     Finals for Extemp, Semifinals for Impromptu 

6:00pm…     Semifinals for LD, PuFo; Finals for Policy (if needed)

7:00pm…     Finals for Impromptu

8:00pm…     Finals for LD, PuFo

8:45pm…     General Awards Assembly Begins 


*** UPDATE #2 ON THURSDAY, 1/15: 

Community Lounge Schedule (“the fun room”)

Hosted by Mount Vernon’s Jaylin Talmadge


9:30am…. * Enter your best Debate-themed art in our 2nd Debate Art Show!   Simply email 

your submission to Mount Vernon Coach Kelley ( by 

5pm on Saturday.   All participants will have a chance to vote for the best 

submission… just send a donation of any denomination to mvdebateboosters on

Venmo. The winning art will receive a prize from the MVHS Debate Team and the 

proceeds of all voting will be donated on the winner’s behalf to Skagit Domestic 

Violence and Sexual Assault Services in honor of our policy team’s new 

affirmative case!

* Morning Movie-- Send your movie nomination to @mvhs.debate on instagram!


11:30am…. AMONG US- Speed Edition


1pm.... Team Scavenger Hunt--

grab your teammates and earn points for a prize from our team!


4pm.... Jackbox Games


5pm…. Submissions for Debate Art Show due


6pm… Karaoke!


7pm (or as soon as we can!) …. General Award Assembly Commences!

* Vote for Favorite Debate Art!

* Team Captains compete for the  Annual Basket of Fun

* SPAR Finals

* IE Awards

* Bulldog Award

* Debate Awards

*** UPDATE ON THURSDAY, 1/14:   There will be 3 minutes of prep time for Public Forum, not 2 minutes... no worries!

*** UPDATE ON TUESDAY, 1/12:  1.  Please be working on your Debate Art Show submissions-- Jaylin is excited to show off your work in the Community Lounge this weekend!  2.  We may be adding Semifinals in some of the asynchronous speech events!   Because of the numbers, if we run semifinals, everyone at this level will receive a NIETOC bid.  Thank you for allowing for this schedule change!

*** UPDATE #2 ON MONDAY, 1/11:  Here is the link for the Cascade Commons spreadsheet:

If you are having any difficulties, please let me know or you can also email!

*** UPDATE #1 ON MONDAY, 1/11:

Thank you to Bellevue HS's Coach Amy McCormick for being our Ombudsperson this weekend!  She will calmly, yet firmly and rationally, deal with all of your concerns about equity, access, rules, and protests.  To contact her, please phone (425)428-3887 or email

***  UPDATE ON SUNDAY, 1/10:

At our tournament, for SPAR, you will arrive in your room during the synchronous speech times on Cascade Commons.  The judge will pick 2 of the competitors in the round to compete against each other.   One will pick the topic, the other will get to pick sides on a random resolution.  Some topics will be humorous, some serious-- all will be from pop culture.  Both speakers will be given 1 minute to prepare their 2 minute opening statements.  Then, there will be 2 minutes of questions from anyone in the room.   Then, the debaters will receive 1 minute to prepare their 1 ,minute closing statement.    After all debaters have competed, the judge will rank the debaters in the panel from 1-6, just like in a speech event.   Total scores after 3 rounds will determine the finalists.  The top 2 competitors will SPAR before the general awards ceremony and the champion will be determined by audience vote.

The MV Invitational

Mount Vernon High School

314 North 9th

Mount Vernon, WA 98274


Coach Kelley Kirkpatrick




The Mount Vernon High School Debate Team cordially invites you to attend the MV Invitational on January 15th and 16th, 2021. 

We are pleased to offer Congressional, Policy, Public Forum, and Lincoln Douglas Debate.  Additionally, we will be offering all

Washington State Individual Events….

plus, Poetry Slam, Editorial Commentary, and SPAR!  


We are a 2021 NEITOC Bid Tournament!  


We will be hosting this year’s event on… thank you to our friend, Interlake Coach Prabhat Aluri, for creating this affordable, user-friendly platform which allows our tournament to continue!  To enter the tournament, please fill in the following spreadsheet and send to by Tuesday, January 12th.   Speech recordings will need to be uploaded to by Wednesday, January 13th at 8pm.


This is a State Qualifying Tournament for District One schools.


Open and Novice divisions will be offered; if fewer than 6 entries in a division are received, we may collapse.

Congressional Debate: We will offer two 2-hour sessions on Friday evening and Super Congress on Saturday. All sessions will conflict with CX, LD, and PF. We will use the WSFA Spring Legislation Packet. The top 5 debaters and Top Presiding Officer in each division will receive recognition.  Out of state competitors may introduce offer legislation by Friday, January 1st, 2021 to be included in this year’s docket.

Policy Debate: We will use the 2020-2021 Policy Topic.  WSFA Novice case areas will not be mandatory.  Rounds will follow the 8-3-5 format with 6 minutes of prep time per team.  If less than 6 teams are entered in either division, we may collapse.  The top 4 teams in each division will receive recognition.  Additionally, the top three speakers will receive special awards.


Lincoln Douglas: We will use the January/February LD Topic.  Rounds will follow the 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 format and have 4 minutes of prep time per competitor.  If less than 6 teams enter either division, we may collapse. All debaters who qualify for quarterfinals and beyond in each division will receive recognition.  Additionally, the top three speakers in each division will receive special awards.


Public Forum: We will use the January PF Topic.  Rounds will follow standard PF time format with 2 minutes of prep time per team. If less than 6 teams enter either division, we may collapse.  All teams who qualify for quarterfinals and beyond will receive recognition.  Additionally, the top three speakers in each division will receive special awards.



Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Program of Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Original Oratory, Informative, Impromptu, and Extemporaneous Speaking will follow all WSFA rules. (Duo must be recorded in separate locations.)

In addition, we will offer the following extra events:

SPAR: Format will be 2- minute constructive speeches, followed by 2 minutes of cross examination, followed by 1 minute rebuttals.  Topics will be a variety of abstract ideas, current events, and pop culture questions.  Top 8 SPAR Finalists will be asked to SPAR before awards assembly. 

POETRY SLAM: Original work performed by the author; not to exceed 3 minutes.  Top 3 competitors will get to perform before the general awards assembly.  Winner will be decided by the general assembly through the polling feature on Cascade Commons.

EDITORIAL COMMENTARY:  Contestants must write and deliver a speech between 1:45 and 2:00 minutes on a current event subject.


Friday, January 15th

2:00pm…      Registration

3pm…             Round 1- Policy, PuFo, LD; Session 1 Congress

5:30pm…      Round 2- Policy, PuFo, LD

5:30pm…      Session 2- Congress

7:30pm…      Round 3- Policy, PuFo, LD


Saturday, January 16th

7:30am…       Round 1- Extemp Draw

8:00am…       Round 1- Extemp and Impromptu; Showcase of Finals for HI and DI

9:30am…       Round 4- Policy, PuFo, LD; Session 1 Super Congress

11:00am…    Round 2- Extemp Draw

11:30am…    Round 2- Extemp and Impromptu; Showcase of Finals for DUO and


1:00pm…      Round 5- Policy, PuFo, LD; Session 2 Super Congress

2:30pm…      Round 3- Extemp Draw

3:00pm…      Round 3- Extemp and Impromptu; Showcase of Finals for  OO and INF

4:00pm…      Quarterfinals for LD, PuFo; Semifinals for Policy (if needed)

5:00pm…      Finals for Extemp and Impromptu

6:00pm…      Semifinals for LD, PuFo; Finals for Policy (if needed)

7:00pm…      Finals for LD, PuFo

8:00pm…      General Awards Assembly Begins




Our team goal is to provide exceptionally qualified judging for this tournament. We prefer that all judges be out of high school.  If you need to hire a judge, please contact us and we will do our best to help!

This tournament will be using on-line balloting through Please have all judges create a account before the tournament.  Thank you for help with this!

Judges should be available for all scheduled rounds unless indicated while registering for the tournament.  Please meet the following judging requirements to avoid students being dropped at registration:

1 judge for every 2 Policy

1 judge for every 3 Public Forum or LD entries

1 judge for every 5 Individual Event entries



Awards will be given to the top three in each division; if an event is collapsed, we will recognize the top novice speaker. 

Three years ago, our team began the tradition of the Bulldog Award to recognize members of the debate community that excel in ways that may not be rewarded on debate ballots.   To nominate a student, judge, or coach, please write a letter that includes specific examples; send it to by Monday, January 13, 2020.  


School Fee $30

Lincoln-Douglas and Congress Entries $10

Policy, Public Forum, and Duo Entries $20

Individual Events $10

Please provide a check, cash, or Purchase Order at registration.



Please contact Coach Kelley Kirkpatrick at