Los Alamos Speech and Debate Guild Hosts New Mexico CHILE Qualifier

Los Alamos speech and debate participants from left, Jemima Spill, Anna Tompkins and Andrew Hollis, Courtesy/Diane Tompkins

For three days last week, 42 home educated speech and debate competitors participated in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) New Mexico CHILE Qualifier. 

The Los Alamos Speech and Debate Guild (LASDG) hosted the event, held Feb. 27, 28, and March 1 at Crossroads Bible Church.

Students traveled from Montana, Utah and Colorado to Los Alamos to vie for a limited number of slots that would advance them to the NCFCA Region III Invitational Tournament in May in Grand Junction, Colo.

Students competed in Lincoln Douglas debate and Team Policy debate, as well as speech events: Persuasive, Informative, and After Dinner Speaking; Illustrated Oratory; Humorous, Open, Thematic, and Duo Interpretation; Extemporaneous speaking; and Impromptu and Apologetics. 

Local students placed well and qualified to the Regional Invitational in all events listed:

  • Senior Jemima Spill placed first in Persuasive, in Thematic Interpretation, in Illustrated Oratory, and in Informative speaking. She placed second in overall Sweepstakes.
  • Senior Andrew Hollis placed first in Extemporaneous Speaking, second in Apologetics, in Impromptu, and in Thematic Interpretation. He placed third in overall Sweepstakes. He also placed second in Lincoln Douglas Debate, and first place in Lincoln Douglas Debate speaker points. 
  • Sophomore Anna Tompkins placed first in After Dinner Speaking, first in Impromptu, second in Informative Speaking, third in Apologetics, and fourth in Persuasive. She placed first overall in Sweepstakes. Anna also placed third in Lincoln Douglas Debate and second in Lincoln Douglas Debate speaker points.  
  • Freshman Jacob Hollis placed sixth in Apologetics, and in Impromptu. He also placed fourth in Lincoln Douglas debate, and third place in Lincoln Douglas speaker points.   
  • Eighth grader Emma Tompkins placed second in Humorous Interpretation, and broke to semi-finals in Impromptu.

A strong showing at the Regional Invitational advances competitors to the NCFCA National Tournament in June in Virginia. 

The Los Alamos Speech and Debate Guild would like to thank the more than 100  judges who volunteered their time and energy to fill 180 judge slots, helping students to gain valuable feedback as they sought to perfect their speaking skills, and ensuring that the tournament ran smoothly and on-time. 

Local businesses were generous, as well, donating food for judges, or giving discounts on products: Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, Starbucks, Cafe Creole Nouvelle, China Moon, Homerun Pizza, Chili Works, Daylight Donuts, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Los Alamos Co+op, Smith’s Food and Drug and McDonald’s. Crossroads Bible Church graciously allowed use of their entire facility for three days. 

The Los Alamos Speech and Debate Guild Board would like to thank everyone for making the tournament a great success!