The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team’s annual invitational tournament is quickly approaching and will be held Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 at Los Alamos High School.
As host team, the Hilltalkers provide all of the organizational support for this major event. The team is still in need of volunteer judges from the community, especially for Saturday afternoon’s competitive sessions. Judges evaluate and score rounds of speech and debate events.
Guidance and training are available and more information about the various events can be found at www.nationalforensicleague.org under Resources for Judges. Judges are invited to enjoy a variety of homemade goodies and ethnic specialties generously provided by team parents.
This local tournament has built a strong reputation drawing teams from around the state eager for rigorous competition and high-quality feedback from engaged, trained judges. It is the Hilltalkers’ largest fundraiser and educational event and offers an opportunity for Los Alamos community members to participate and support the team by serving as judges.
Judging at a Speech and Debate tournament offers a unique opportunity to see teenagers hosting a large event, refining their speaking skills, exploring the art of persuasion, expressing themselves through dramatic and humorous interpretation, and debating opposing sides of current issues.