NM State Speech Debate Championship

2024 — Rio Rancho, NM/US

The New Mexico Speech and Debate Association is happy to invite you to the 2024 State Speech & Debate Championship held at V. Sue Cleveland.

When: February 23-24, 2024

Where: V. Sue Cleveland High School

Registration Deadline: February 16, 2024 at 5:00pm

Judge Entry Deadline: February 20, 2024 at 5:00pm

Registration will be online at nmstate.tabroom.com

This year, all school entry fees are covered by the Speech & Debate Educator’s Foundation.

Maximum debate entries in one division per school: 6

Maximum speech entries per event per school: 4

*Students may enter in up to 2 speech events and 1 debate event. Students may not double-enter in IX and USX.

A $200 judge bond will be required from each competing school to ensure judging obligations are met. This will be submitted in check form at registration along with other fees and will be returned to coaches at check-out if not forfeited due to missing a judging obligation. The bond will not be returned if a school misses a judging obligation. A $15 fine will also be added for any subsequent rounds a judge misses.

Important Information:

-Outrounds for both Speech and Debate are subject to change based on the number of entries for the tournament*

-Please remember that cell phone carriers will not always allow Tabroom texts to come through. Please advise all of your judges and students to be checking their Tabroom home page often! We will blast important emails throughout the tournament but judges and students should always be checking Tabroom.com

-Pizza will be available for students FOR FREE, curtsey of SDEF on Friday for dinner and Saturday for lunch

-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.

-Please do not arrive at Cleveland High School before 2:00 pm. There will be heavy school traffic from 1:50-2:15.

-Student lounge will be the cafeteria


Speech- Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation, Informative Speaking, International Extemporaneous, United States Extemporaneous

Debate- Lincoln Douglas Debate (Novice and Varsity), Public Forum (Novice & Varsity), Policy (Novice & Varsity). Divisions will be subject to collapse based on low entry numbers.

Debate Topic Areas:

Public Forum

Resolved: The United States federal government should ban single-use plastics.


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


Resolved: The United States federal 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 1: The Economy

USX 2: 2024 Elections

USX 3: Science and Technology

USX Finals: International Affairs

IX 1: Energy and the Environment

IX 2: Human Rights

IX 3: The European Union

IX Finals: International Diplomacy

School Eligibility:

A competing school must be a member of the NMSDA and the NMAA to compete at the State Tournament. A school must have paid its annual dues to the treasurer before the start of the state tournament to compete in the state tournament. A school must have completed the State 2024 Checklist sent out by the NMSDA, please contact Sherri Bulbitz if you did not receive the checklist.

Student Eligibility:

An eligibility list (see NMAA non-athletic handbook) must be sent to the NMSDA President prior to the start of the state tournament as specified in the invitation. This list will include the name of each participating student, and an administrator will sign to affirm that all names on the list are academically eligible to participate.

*The NMAA eligibility form and the Coaches’ Verification form need to be uploaded into Tabroom by February 17th at 5:00pm.