The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are happy to announce the 2015-2016 Young Patriots Essay Contest, Sponsored by Copart. Entrants have the opportunity to showcase their writing skills and compete for $9,000 in scholarship money.
The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year, and THREE winners are chosen to receive a scholarship out of hundreds of essay submissions.
Last year’s first place contest winner receiving his scholarship award.
Here at Debate Central, we aim to provide debaters with useful, topic-specific research they won’t find anywhere else. That’s why, each year, we commission a paper from an expert in the resolution’s area of controversy.
The 2015-2016 policy (CX) debate topic is “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.” These debates are certain to deal with difficult questions surrounding how the USFG should best balance the competing interests of privacy and civil liberties with national security and defense. [..]
Debate Central was recently made aware of an opportunity for high school and college debaters to win prizes while honing their debate skills! [..]
Want to get a jumpstart on the 2014-2015 season, and learn debate techniques from some of the best coaches in the DFW area, all for FREE? Join us at one of our Fall 2014 debate workshops!
Session 1- August 9th, 2014
Session 2- September 20th, 2014
Registration 9am-10am, Workshops 10am-4pm
University of Texas- Dallas. Come check out a college campus with it’s own successful debate program — right here in DFW!
Debate Central, in partnership with the University of Texas-Dallas, is hosting a FREE, day-long workshop in CX (two levels), LD, and PF (pending enrollment) debate!
Each session will cover skills, topic basics, and preparation, as well as include a free packet of practice evidence created by Debate Central experts! Workshops include day-long instruction as well as a provided lunch.
Any debater or team registered by the deadline is welcome to attend!
Workshops are taught by successful area coaches, including:
(If you miss the priority deadline, you are still welcome to attend. However, we encourage you to register ASAP to guarantee your participation.)
If you are registering as an individual: Please complete the registration form here
If you are registering as a team: If you would prefer to register as a group, coaches may email Rachel Stevens (Rachel DOT Stevens AT ncpa.org). Please include the number of students you wish to register in each event. Whenever feasible, please do this as soon as possible to guarantee appropriate planning, particularly in Public Forum.
Here at Debate Central, we’re committed to bringing you top-quality debate resources that you won’t find anywhere else. That’s why we have commissioned a special paper by a leading environmental economist on the 2014-2014 policy/CX debate topic: “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.” This paper takes a look at the relationship between economic theory and the resolution, in order to provide you with brand new evidence that is completely topic-specific!
This year’s expert is Dr. Michael D. Stroup, a professor of economics at Stephen F. Austin State University and noted research expert on the intersection between economics and environmental quality. Find it below the fold! [..]