MidAtlantic GCDS

2022 — Online, CA/US

Students, teachers, coaches, and parents,

Greetings, and Welcome to the 2022 Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series Regional Qualifier.

The GCDS is a unique debate experience. It stresses the person-to-person communication skills that earned Ronald Reagan the title of The Great Communicator. The skill of being able to debate important issues civilly, with storytelling, personality, and wit is a skill described by our National Finalists as “real life, where people have to be able to understand you and your position.”  It is also the only debate scholarship tournament where all National Finalists receive an all-expense-paid trip for themselves and their chosen adult to Simi Valley, CA.

We are pleased to announce full scholarship funding for 2022, with all National Finals debaters guaranteed a minimum of $1,500 in college scholarships. A total of $50,000 will be awarded at the National Finals, running from July 21-24, 2022, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. 

Virtual Regional competitions will  occur on HopIn.com, a free-to-you live internet platform in which debaters and their judges will be placed into virtual rooms for the duration of each round.

Both in-person and virtual Regional competitions will use Tabroom.com for scheduling and tabulation. Each student must be attached to a “school” account in tabroom, whether they are competing as part of a school entry or competing independently. Each student’s adult scorer/judge must be listed with that student as their “school coach” who will judge.

Groups of students entering will need one adult scorer/judge for every two entries. If you are new to Tabroom.com, please reach out to me for assistance in setting up your account and getting you registered.


     ONLY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, enrolled in grades 9-12, are eligible to compete.


     ONLY FULL US CITIZENS may compete.

     PRIOR TO THE START of tournament date ALL entries must be paid, and ALL students must complete a Media Liability Release Form. You will find all forms on the menu to the right on this screen.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Best regards,

Christine M. Adams

Program Coordinator, Debate

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute