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2023 Regional Topic

Resolved: All United States citizens should serve one year of mandatory national service between the ages of 18 and 26.

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The Great Communicator Regional Debates will be both in-person and online.

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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.

Thank you for your interest in the 2022 Season of Great Communicator Debates! More information posted on the Competition Information page. To contact the Great Communicator Debate Series Coordinator, please email Ms. Chris Adams at


$50,000 In Scholarship Money Awarded!

 Competition Info

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.

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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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Scholarships for the Great Communicator Debate Series are supported by an endowment fund created through the generosity of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.