An Amazing Year

State Team

The 2014 - 2015 season for Act1 has just recently come to an end. While OSSAA competitions end with the school year and the National tournament ends mid-summer, our practice continues through the summer months. We have just transitioned into our fall semester and it gives us an opportunity to look through the success of our students over the last year.

Know Thy Evidence

Okay, so we've finally got our feet on the ground and are beginning to get our heads around the new policy topic. For you late-arrivals, this year's topic is, “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.” While this writing will be published during this topic, the instructions and advice contained herein shall apply henceforth – forever and ever and ever and ever.

The AFF Case - Why Change?

Throughout my years of debate, I’ve seen many affirmative strategies. One case the entire year, many cases throughout the year, a set of cases for each round at state, solid, on-topic cases, squirrely (most likely non-topical) cases… The list goes on and on. There is one strategy I believe works the best and bolsters the spirit of the event.

Spreading Kills Debate

My young padawans, you will know me as DebaterKnight. I was pleased to join Act1 as a policy debate consultant last month. Debate has been a passion of mine for nearly fifteen years. I debated throughout my years in high school and college. I attended state tournaments every year I participated in debate. Thanks greatly to the excellence expected by my coaches and the dedication of my debate partners. My participation in this event earned me an all-state jacket in Cross-Examination Debate and improved my analytical and reasoning skills tenfold.

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