Big Questions Tournament
May 30th, 2020

For the 2020 season, Early Scholars Speech & Debate in cooperation with the National Speech & Debate Association will host a Big Questions Tournament on May 30th, 2020. 

This year’s Big Question is a dive into the world of philosophical thinking. In two vs. two rounds, debaters will address the deeply held beliefs that often go unexamined. Students will explore whether “objective morality exists” as they engage in rebuttal and refutation, and participate in a question period.

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Quotes that matter

"What we say is important… for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."

Performances & Presentations

We have a single goal: to help students become real, effective world communicators; to persuasively express their ideas and successfully navigate interpersonal relationships. The common adage, “It’s not what you say, but it’s how you say it,” couldn’t be more true! We keep that in mind during the competitive debate offseason, helping our students expand their speech-delivery skills while simultaneously building on existing competencies. We do this by exploring events that involve public speaking performances and presentations. 

Innovation/Business Pitch Competition (2019 season)
Through storytelling, students pitched marketable solutions to everyday issues. They learned to hone their message through developing Value Propositions, Market Size, Competitive Strategy, and Financial Models. This learning session culminated in competitions in June & August 2019.

Theatrical Speech Event: (2019-2020 season)
We merge elements of theater, and extemporaneous and impromptu speech, to help our students learn to confidently deliver information while having tons of fun.


City And State Championships

Throughout the year, the debate team will participate in monthly local competitions. These will culminate in city and state championships hosted by regional debate leagues.

National and Regional Tournaments

  • Throughout the year, the debate team will travel to National and Regional tournaments 
  • Harvard National Forensics Tournament
  • Lakeland Westchester Classic Tournament
  • Tournament of Champions 
  • Georgetown University Tournament

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ESSD Invitational tournaments

In preparation for middle school regional and national competitions, students compete against local debaters in the parliamentary style. These tournaments are geared towards our 2nd-4th grade parliamentary level debaters. It provides exposure to the competitive elements of speech and debate.