2017 Debate & Individual Events
Class A - Sweepstakes Champion: Spearfish
Class AA - Sweepstakes Champion: Aberdeen
2017 State Debate and Individual Events Tournament
South Dakota's top high school speech and debate competitors are busy preparing for the season- concluding SDHSAA Annual State Debate & Individual Events Tournament. The 2017 State Debate & Individual Events Tournament will be held at Mitchell High School on Friday & Saturday March 3-4. Schools, based on their enrollment, are divided into Class "AA" and Class "A" for state tournament competition.
The State Debate & Individual Events Tournament will find students competing for state championships in some of South Dakota’s oldest statewide high school competitions. The 2017 State Tournament will crown the 103rd Annual State Champions in Policy Debate. Extemporaneous Speaking events have been held for over 90 years. Original Oratory is marking its 83rd year of State Championship competition. Although having a long history in the realm of political debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate is one of the more recent high school state championship speech activity events and will crown its 37th group of state champions. The newest speech activity, Public Forum Debate, will mark its 15th year as a State Tournament event.
The 2016 Class “AA” Sweepstakes Team was Watertown High School and the 2016 Class “A” Sweepstakes champion team was Spearfish High School.
No admission is charged for any of the competition and the public is invited to observe any of the competition during the State Debate & Individual Events Tournament. The Public Forum Debate format, which is intended for the “man-on-the-street” audience, will debate the issue of: “The United States should lift its embargo against Cuba”. Each Public Forum debate will provide a short audience oriented competition with each debate lasting approximately 35 minutes. Lincoln-Douglas competitors will be debating the issue: “Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech.”
From: Brooks Bowman, Assistant Executive Director SOUTH DAKOTA HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION