Eye of the Storm Invitational

2024 — Rio Rancho, NM/US

V. Sue Cleveland High School

“Eye of the Storm” Speech & Debate Invitational

January 26-27, 2024

Registration is online at http://chsstorm.tabroom.com

When: January 26-27 2023

Where: In Person at Cleveland High School, 4800 Cleveland Heights Rd NE, Rio Rancho, NM

Registration Deadline: January 22, 2024, 3:00pm

Entry Fees: $10 per single entry, $20 for team events (PF, Policy, etc.)

Judging Obligations: Each school is required to provide 1 judge per every 4 debate entries and 1 judge per every 4 speech entries. Judges should be entered in Tabroom by their coaches or they can register via the public sign-up feature. Please make sure that time constraints and affiliations are noted otherwise it will be assumed that judges are available for the duration of the tournament.


Cleveland High School is located at 4800 Cleveland Heights Rd NE, Rio Rancho, NM. There is plenty of parking in the student parking lot, located on the West side of the building, near the gym and football stadium.

Events Offered:

Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Novice & Varsity)

Public Forum Debate (Novice & Varsity)

Policy Debate (Novice & Varsity)

Dramatic Interpretation

Duo Interpretation

Humorous Interpretation

Program Oral Interpretation

Informative Speaking

Original Oratory

United States Extemporaneous

International Extemporaneous

Impromptu Speaking

*We will attempt to have Novice and Varsity divisions for debate, but divisions are subject to collapse based on the number of entries in each.

The tournament defines novice and varsity as follows:

Varsity LD or PF: A student who competed in 11 or more rounds of debate in the school year 2022-23; or, any student who competed in any debate rounds in the school year 2022-23. If one person on a CX or PF team meets the standards of Varsity, the team must be registered as Varsity.

Novice LD, or PF: A student who has not competed before the current school year or competed in less than 11 debate rounds last school year. If one student in a CX or PF team qualifies as Varsity, the team must compete as Varsity.

Double Entry: A student may double-enter in a maximum of two speech events and one debate event. If double-entered in speech events, it is the student’s responsibility to report to the judges of said events and establish that they are double-entered and will need to adjust speaker order accordingly.

Topic Areas:

Lincoln-Douglas: 2024 January/February Topic

Resolved: The United States ought to substantially reduce its military presence in the West Asia-North Africa region.

Public Forum: 2024 January Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Policy: 2023-24 Topic

Resolved: The United States government should substantially increase fiscal redistribution in the United States by adopting a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income.

Extemp Topic Areas:

USX Round 1: Politics

USX Round 2: Energy & The Environment

USX Round 3: Economics

USX Finals: Science & Technology

IX Round 1: Africa & the Americas

IX Round 2: Europe

IX Round 3: Southwest, Central, and South Asia

IX Finals: East & Southeast Asia

Impromptu Topic Areas: Bring Back the History

Round 1: Then vs. Now

Round 2: Bring Back the Music

Round 3: Fashion Trends

Semis: Historical Figures

Finals: Historic Inventions