The Mile High at Denver East High School

2022 — Denver, CO/US

The Denver East Forensics Team is overjoyed to be back in person this year, and we hope that you come and join us at East High School for the Annual Mile High Speech and Debate Tournament on November 11th and 12th. This is a bid tournament for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions, and we are excited to be hosting the first two debate rounds virtually! We are offering four rounds for all competitors in both speech and debate events.


Events: Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp, Informative Speaking, Poetry Interp, Original Oratory, Duo Interp, Program Oral Interp, Policy (JV), Policy (V) 

Entries: Six entries per school are allowed in each event. We will accommodate additional entries if judges are provided for entries. Thank you for helping us run a timely tournament for all! 

Debate Topics: November NSDA resolutions will be used for Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas Debates. 

Doubling: Debaters may not double enter. Speech students may enter multiple events if they so choose, but Exempers will risk losing prep time.

Internet: Guest Wifi is available through Denver Public Schools. This tournament will run using online ballots, so remind your judges and your students that WiFi will be available, and they should plan on bringing a device capable of making an internet connection. We will use the NSDA rules for internet use.

Rules: We will abide by NSDA rules and rankings for speech and debate events. 


Check-In: Registration for debates on Friday will begin at 4pm. Saturday morning registration will begin at 7am.

Debate Events (LD, CX, and PF)

Friday, November 11th

(Virtual) Round 1 - 5:30pm

(Virtual) Round 2 - 7:00pm

Saturday, November 12th

Round 3 - 8:00am

Round 4 - 10:00am

Round 5 - 11:30am

Quarterfinals - 1:30pm

Semifinals -  3:00pm

Finals - 4:30pm

Speech Events

Saturday, November 12th

Round 1 - 8:30am

Round 2 - 10:00am

Round 3 - 11:30am

Round 4 - 1:00pm

Semifinals - 2:45pm 

Finals - 4:00 pm


Policy, Public Forum, and Duo - $20 a team

Individual Events - $10

Lincoln Douglas Debate - $12

We accept Venmo, PayPal, and good old-fashioned checks as well! 

Venmo: @DEFT_angels

PayPal: PayPal (linked here and on

Checks: Make checks payable to DEFT or Denver East Forensics Team. Mail payment to: 

DEFT Attn: Seth Willden 

1600 City Park Esplanade

Denver CO, 80206


– 3 rounds of debate judging per 2 debate entries

– 1 judge for every 6 speech entries


Please bring a judge to cover three rounds for each two debate entries and each six

speech event entries. The tournament will compensate hired judges for all rounds, school-supplied judges for each round after three (3), and provide judges breakfast, lunch, and snacks. There will be a $20/round fee to hire local judges for unmet judging burdens. Judges will be compensated for providing constructive feedback to students. We may request coaches to judge rounds free of charge to keep the tournament on time. Please send someone qualified to judge if you will not be with your team. Thank you for helping us run an on-time tournament! 


Extemporaneous Speaking: Extemporaneous speaking will be Mixed Extemp, but students have the option of drawing from international and/or national topics. 

National Extemp Topic Areas


US Economy

US Foreign Policy

US Climate Initiatives

The US Presidency

US Infrastructure


International Extemp Topic Areas


Global Economies

International Relations

Global Climate Initiatives

World Elections

International Infrastructure



Site: The tournament will be held at historic East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver CO, 80206


NIETOC: We are proud to announce that we are a bid tournament to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC), Also known as the Speech Tournament of Champions. Bids can be earned in the following events: HI, DI, Duo, POI, OO, INF, and Extemp. For more information, check out their website →


The Denver East Forensics Team

Seth Willden and Katie Hellrung

C: 303-506-2282