GCDS ONLINE Pacific Northwest
2020 — Beaverton, OR/US
UPDATE March 19, 2020
Students, teachers, coaches, and parents,
Greetings, and Welcome to the 2020 Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series ONLINE Pacific NorthWest Regional Qualifier.
Thank you for your patience as we work through moving all of our Regional Qualifiers to an online format. Please note change/updates below in CAPS.
The GCDS is a unique debate experience. It stresses the person-to-person communication skills that earned Ronald Reagan the title of The Great Communicator. The skill of being able to debate important issues civilly, with storytelling, personality, and wit is a skill described by our National Finalists as “real life, where people have to be able to understand you and your position.” It is also the only debate scholarship tournament where all National Finalists receive an all-expense-paid trip for themselves and their chosen adult to Simi Valley, CA, and are guaranteed a college scholarships at the National Finals. A total of $25,000 will be awarded at the National Finals, running from July 23 – 26, 2020, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. AS OF 3-19-2020, NATIONAL FINALS ARE ON AS SCHEDULED.
Tabulation and scheduling will be online through Tabroom.com, which is free-to-you. Each student must be attached to a “school” account in Tabroom, whether they are competing as part of a school entry or competing independently. Each student’s adult scorer/judge must be listed with that student as their “school coach” who will judge. Groups of students entering will need one adult scorer/judge for every two entries. If you are new to Tabroom.com, please reach out to me for assistance in setting up your account and getting you registered.
EACH STUDENT AND EACH JUDGE MUST ALSO CREATE A FREE ZOOM ACCOUNT. DUE TO COVID-19, THE ZOOM PLATFORM AND ONLINE BALLOTING THROUGH TABROOM WILL BE USED TO RUN THE TOURNAMENT. ALL COMPETITORS AND JUDGES WILL NEED A STABLE INTERNET CONNECTION WITH CAMERA (LAPTOP OR DESKTOP WITH CAMERA ON MONITOR OR EXTERNALLY ADDED). HEADPHONES WITH A MIC ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BECAUSE THEY REDUCE BACKGROUND NOISE WHILE USING ZOOM.
Best regards, and we look forward to seeing you at the Pacific NorthWest ONLINE Regional Tournament hosted by Beaverton and Southridge High Schools!
Kristine Igawa Christine Adams
Pacific NorthWest Regional Host GCDS Project Coordinator
Beaverton High School The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute