Asheville High Cougar Classic

2020 — NSDA Campus, NC/US


The 20th Annual Asheville High Cougar Classic is VIRTUAL this year!

Registration opens October 1st.


Dear Forensic Colleagues:


On behalf of the Asheville High and SILSA Debate teams, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 20th annual Asheville High Cougar Classic Speech and Debate tournament to be held on Saturday, November 21st, 2020. 

This year's tournament will be virtual using the NSDA Campus platform. With no travel expenses this year, we'd especially like to invite schools from all across the country to join us.  On a typical in-person year, this tournament draws over 500 students from a 3-4 state area.  With our 20th anniversary tournament going virtual this year, we expect those numbers to greatly increase.  So please register your team as soon as possible.


All events at this virtual tournament will be synchronous.


We respectfully ask that only coaches register teams for this tournament.  For liability purposes, we also require that a school faculty member or adult approved in writing by the school administration be 'virtually' present with the team and available online at all times during the tournament.


Additionally, due to liability issues, we are not able to accept independent entries.  Each student must be representing an actual school by name and be registered by an official at that school.


Please note that we offer both JV and Varsity divisions in debate and congress. JV is defined as anyone in their first two years of competition in ANY speech and debate event.  All speech events will be OPEN except for Novice Reading, which is for those in their first year, and Declamation, which is for those in their first two years of experience.


On behalf of our team, our booster club, our parents, and our entire coaching staff, we extend to you a warm invitation to attend the 20th annual Cougar Classic!


Most sincerely,


Keith Pittman,  Director of Forensics | Head Coach

Asheville High School / SILSA Speech and Debate Team


Assistant Coaches:

Congressional Debate: Vern Lepa

Lincoln Douglas:  Neil Clement, Kristy Decker

Public Forum: Jacob Kerber

Speech: Will Smith, Julie Carlinnia