2023 — Des Moines, IA/US

Dear Speech & Debate Colleagues,

You are invited to participate in the annual Tournavelt Speech & Debate Tournament at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA. We are looking forward to providing a quality educational and competitive experience October 20-21. Below you will find all pertinent information concerning this event. Should you have any questions, please let me know (


Parker Klyn

Director of Forensics

Events Offered

Speech (Friday): Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp, Duo Interp, Program Oral Interp, Original Oratory, United States Extemp, International Extemp, Spontaneous Speaking

Debate (Saturday): Congress, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, and Policy

We plan to offer novice divisions of Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas.

Topics will be Sept/Oct for Public Forum (Arctic) and Varsity Lincoln-Douglas (Housing). Novice LD will use the 2023-2024 Novice topic (National Service).

If we do not have enough diversity of competition in a debate category, we will make the decision to cancel that event by Monday, October 16. We will make decisions about collapsing speech categories into combined events by Wednesday, October 18.


Friday will provide three rounds of speech with Round 1 at 5:15 pm (extemp draw at 4:45 pm).

Saturday will provide five preliminary rounds of debate and two Congress sessions, with PF/LD/Policy starting at 8:00 am and Congress starting at 8:30 am.


Do your very, very best to provide your full judging obligation. We cannot promise all rounds covered if teams do not bring requisite judging.

One PF/LD/Policy judge = 2 entries

One Congress judge = 8 entries

One Speech judge = 5 entries