Columbus Blue Devil Debates

2016 — GA/US


Policy Debate:

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomaticengagement with the People’s Republic of China.

Public Forum:

Resolved: In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students.


Resolved: Countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power.

(We will use this resolution for both novice and varsity divisions of LD.)


Extemp Topic Areas:

Rd1: DX – U.S. Presidential Elections (It’s Almost Over)

Rd2: IX – Environmental (It’s a Small World After All)

Rd3: DX – Economy (I’ll Be Witty Later)

Rd4: IX - European Union (and the Countries Who Love/Hate It)


Impromptu Topic Areas:

Rd. 1: Always Coca-Cola. Atlanta may boast the museum, but Columbus is the true birthplace of Coca-Cola. Trace the campaign that took Coke from John Pemberton’s patent medicine to its status as the world’s best selling soft-drink.

Rd. 2: Words of Wisdom. Wax poetic on common adages, maxims, and proverbs.

Rd. 3: Dynamic Duos. They’re two of a kind.

Rd. 4: Fortune Cookie. Eating the cookie after your speech is optional.

Finals (if needed): Carson McCullers. Carson McCullers, author of notable works including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, and The Ballad of the Sad Café, was born in Columbus and lived in a home just a few streets over from Columbus High, her alma mater. McCullers set most of her writings in the deep South and explored themes including love, loss, isolation, and the eccentric; you'll explore quotes from her work in this round.