Abilene High School Debate

Megan Hagaman: Debate Coach

Debate isa co-curricular activity offered at the High School that takes placeduring the Fall competition season. Competition begins in August andlasts through Mid-January. There are also opportunities for NationalCompetition and Travel in June, and summer debate camps throughout thesummer months. 


What is Policy Debate? 

Atwo-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question for the duration ofthe academic year, this format tests a student’s research, analytical,and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan bythe affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offersreasons to reject that proposal. Throughout the debate, students havethe opportunity to cross-examine one another. A judge or panel of judgesdetermines the winner based on the arguments presented.

What is the 2015-2016 Topic?

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.


Upcoming Debate Dates

McPherson Debate Tournament November 7th

Highland Park Debate Tournament November 14th

Sacred Heart Novice Night November 19th

Hutchinson Trinity November 21st



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