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Our Mission

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!

Competition Info

The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is comprised of five in-person and one online qualifying competition, culminating in the National Championship. The two finalists from each of the six regions, the top two extemporaneous speaker and orator from the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament, and the top two debaters from the National Urban Debate League compete in the National Championship at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

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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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