Beehive Bonanza

2023 — Salt Lake City, UT/US

Dear Colleagues,

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah forensics team) and the Department of Communication cordially invite your team to attend the 12thannual Beehive Bonanza, October 7th and 8th, 2022, on the University of Utah Main Campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tournament will feature Student Congress, all three styles of NSDA debate (policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and public forum), and eight IE events (dramatic interp, humorous interp, duo interp, programmed oral interp, extemp, oratory, info, and impromptu). We will offer both novice and varsity divisions in all events (provided adequate entries). The Beehive Bonanza will also offer three $1000 partial scholarships to top varsity finishers in the tournament in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum (top speaker on the winning team receives a scholarship) and Policy Debate (top speaker on the winning team receives a scholarship) when (and if) they attend the University of Utah and join the John R. Park Debate Society.

NOVICE CLINIC:On Friday afternoon during rounds 1 and 2, we will host a free-of-charge novice clinic in PF, CX, and LD debate events. Students will receive basic instruction, starter evidence/cases, and more. NOVICE COMPETITION BEGINS ON FRIDAY NIGHT. FOR ACCESS TO NOVICE CLINIC EVIDENCE,CLICK HERE

NOVICE POLICY DEBATE EVIDENCE RULES: Per Utah state guidelines, all novice policy debates at the tournament are restricted to a limited and pre-approved set of arguments and evidence. Novice policy debaters may ONLY USE evidence found by clicking here.

NIETOC/Speech TOC Bid Tournament: Once again, the Beehive Bonanza will be a bid tournament for both the Speech TOC & the NIETOC. Bids will be awarded per the rules of each organization, respectively.

Each year, we work to make the Beehive Bonanza a little better than last year’s tournament. Please read the invitation carefully to ensure that you are aware of both the particularities of the tournament and the amenities we have added to provide an exceptional tournament experience. Additionally, feel free to contact us with your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you at our coach's meeting on Friday, October 6. If you have any additional questions about the tournament, feel free to email ( with any questions or comments. From our team to yours, we wish you the best for the competitive season.

Best Wishes,

Jeannie Hunt, Ed.D.

Director of Forensics

Averie Vockel

ADOF/Public Outreach Coordinator