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The Great Communicator Regional Debates will be both in-person and online.
For more information, visit the Competition Information page.
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 for students enrolled in grades 9-12. 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.
The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is comprised of seven Regional Competitions, 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.