After a competitive first semester, a wonderful ASU Southwest Championship, and the resumption of our instate tournament season this past weekend, there are a few events coming up:
There is an AIA meeting this Wednesday.
The Bobcat Bonanza at Central High School has gone to waitlist status due to a larger entry than anticipated. The tournament directors hope to clear the waitlist as soon as they can. Also, remember that the Bobcat will use the February PF topic to prepare for Harvard and Berkeley.
Keep your eyes on the JOT webpage for more information about the NSDA qualifier series and the State tournaments. The Congress qualifier is on 2/27, so watch out for more information soon.
Thank you for all of your support this year, and here’s to keeping Arizona Speech and Debate some of the best in the country!
The AIA Speech and Debate Advisory Committee will hold its regular committee meeting on January 20th, 2016. If you have any items you wish discussed, submit them to your conference representative, or to Beth Clarke.
Here are the Division 1 Debate Ballots for the tournament held at ASU last weekend. Thank you to all of the judges and coaches who made this all possible, and huge thanks to the ASU Speech and Debate team for being our gracious hosts.
If you are attending the Division 1 Winter Trophy tournament at ASU tomorrow, please note the following registration locations. This is a slight change from years past:
All Congressional debate will take place in the BA building at the south end of Cady Mall.
Registration will be in room BA 241
Houses will be in rooms BA 257, BA 258 or BA 265
Debate registration will take place in the SS building courtyard in the afternoon. There will not be any registration at SS in the morning.
Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
The Winter Trophy tournaments are coming up soon. Division 1 will be hosted by ASU and Division 2 will be hosted by Paradise Valley High School. Thank you to Adam Symonds and Scott Johnson for stepping up as site hosts once again. Winter Trophy will take place on December 4-5, 2016, and registration websites are located at http://www.joyoftournaments.com/az. They’ll be up soon.
Also, remember that the Brophy tournament is this weekend, Red Mountain is next weekend, and then McClintock, Mountain View, and Dobson are coming up soon after. Get your paperwork together and register for these competitions. Good luck and see you at the tournaments!
For the Fall of 2015, the Arizona Middle School Public Forum debate topic will be:
“Resolved: In the United States, the current system of federal income taxation should be replaced by a flat rate income tax.”
This topic will be used at all Middle School PF tournaments this semester. There will be a new topic in the spring.
Congratulations to Horizon High School’s own Speech and Debate Coach, Susan Seep. We know her as SWSDI’s “El Jefe,” the 2015-16 Arizona Speech, Debate, and Theater Educator of the Year, as well as serving as a 5A Conference representative. However, her work on behalf of the teachers of her district has earned her the honor of the Paradise Valley Education Association. In the words of the Association:
“PVEA is pleased to announce our October PROPS winner, Susie Chubrich Seep! Susie teaches Humanities at Horizon and also serves as the PVEA Vice-President. She was nominated by four of her colleagues at Horizon, and here is just part of their statement:
“Susie always goes way beyond the call of duty for not just her students, but the entire staff of HHS. It is amazing that one person can be as “on top of it” as she is. She spends countless hours here at Horizon as well as at other sites assisting teachers in all ways imaginable. Add to this her executive board duties and all she does there to support PVUSD teachers and this woman appears to be superhuman.
However, there’s even more: the kids. Susan’s main focus is the students at HHS. She is part of the Humanities Block program and offers these students an incredible classroom experience. She works in conjunction with an English teacher and our drama teacher to teach students social studies in an integrated curriculum format. The students and the parents love the Humanities Block and Susan is one of the driving forces behind the program.”
Congratulations, Susan – thanks for all you do for your students, colleagues, PVEA, as well as the Arizona Speech and Debate community!