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The Great Communicator Regional Debates Have Moved Online due to COVID-19 concerns! See the details on the Competition Information page with the link below.

The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series was founded to develop engaged, informed, and conscientious citizen leaders by hosting a national series of high school debates. The debates search for students who can effectively use logic, evidence, and personality to communicate their ideas, just as Ronald Reagan did throughout his life.

Competitors who qualify for the National Championship receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California. The three day trip will include a private tour of the library, dinner under the wings of Air Force One, and a chance to meet an extraordinary group of young leaders.

Engaging in civil discourse is a hallmark of American democracy, and this debate series encourages you to join the conversation on issues our country faces.

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$50,000 In Scholarship Money Awarded!**

**Due to reduced institutional revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 scholarships are reduced to $25,000 until further notice.

Competition Info

The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is comprised of six in-person and one online Regional Competition, culminating in the National Championship. The two finalists from each of the seven regions and the top two extemporaneous speakers from the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament compete in the National Championship at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. All travel expenses for the National Finalists are covered by the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Institute.

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Debate Resources

  • Rules and Eligibility
  • Debate Structure
  • Instructional Videos
  • Information Guide
  • Judging Information/Forms

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Previous Debates

Videos from previous National Championship debates.

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Great Communicator Alumni

A glimpse at what some of our alumni have been doing since their time on the Great Communicator stage.

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