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2012 Great Communicator Debate Series National Championships

The Mission

The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is designed to develop proactive informed, educated, and conscientious citizens and leaders by creating and hosting a national series of high school debates. This nonpartisan debate series will culminate in a National Championship, hosted on-site at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and will showcase the talents of top-ranked high school debaters from diverse regions across the country.

The National Championship itself will coincide with major elections, and will promote civic engagement, highlight the legacy of President Reagan as both "The Great Communicator" and a legendary presidential debater, and spotlight several of the nation's most promising high school communicators. Engaging in civil discourse around the principles of government is a hallmark of American democracy, and the Reagan Library has frequently served as a venue for civic and political leaders to examine pressing national and world issues since its inception.

Curriculum resources will be available that emphasize various civic and public policy issues. Resources provided will include a topic outline, essential readings and videos, and a debate template to allow for equitable participation. Incentives will be offered at each level of competition to encourage participation. National qualifiers will compete to earn the title of the "Ronald Reagan Great Communicator National Champion".

If you have questions about the debate series contact us at debate@reaganfoundation.org