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National Speech & Debate Tournament – Largest Academic Tournament in the World Comes to Dallas
June 20 @ 12:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
The National Speech & Debate Tournament, the largest academic competition in the world, is coming to Dallas!! The event is open to the public Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21 and held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
Special Guests, Local Leader & Student Speech & Debate Leaders:
Celebrity: Jared Padalecki, best known for his role on the series Supernatural, Gilmore Girls, as well as the films New York Minute and House of Wax.
Dale Hansen, WFAA Sports Anchor, and a local hero will be honored as the National Speech & Debate Association Communicator of the Year. As a leader in the community who embodies our values of leadership, service, integrity, and inclusion, Hansen will be honored on during the Diamond Award Assembly.
Cindi Timmons, member of the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame, the head of the local host committee and the USA Debate coach and team manager, Director of the Middle and Lower School Speech and Debate Club at Greenhill School.
Local District Student of the Year, Student Speech & Debate Leader, U.S. Extemp 2018 National Champion and current competitor from Plano West Senior High School: Jacqueline Wei
National Student of the Year Finalist from Austin, TX: Rene Otero
National Student of the Year Finalist from San Antonio, TX: Saskia Reford
Top high school and middle school speech and debate competitors, from approximately 3,500 schools, will argue topics that are important nationally, as well as globally, such as legal and illegal immigration, antitrust regulations on technology giants, and revolution and political oppression. More than 10,000 students, coaches, educators, and parents expected to attend the tournament this year.
Following the National Speech & Debate Tournament, several high school and middle school students will be crowned 2019 champions, winning more than $150,000 in scholarships. To see the full tournament schedule, visit: https://www.speechanddebate.org/live/