Volunteering as a judge is a very meaningful way to get involved in our debate program. Judges play a critical role in helping to teach our students. Even if you have never judged before, you are very welcome in our program. We have a judge trainer who will give you all the tools you need, and indeed we find novice judges are often the best.
Justin Rule is an American educator, and like countless other educators, he works diligently every day to develop the minds of our nation’s young people. Yet in a recent interview with News from the Notch, Mr. Rule explained he hasn’t just worked in ordinary public or private school settings. He has worked with difficult cases, teen students struggling with serious disciplinary and/or criminal issues. His valiant efforts with these challenging young people frequently got his students to graduation day, but that often did not mean those students were set on a trajectory of future success. Mr. Rule expressed regret, saying he has attended far too many funerals of former students trapped in a cycle of poverty, violence, drugs, or alcohol.
Students interested in competing in the online tournament should record a five-minute video of either an opening affirmative or negative statement for the resolution: “A significant tariff on imported goods from Mexico is a good policy for the U.S. economy.” Students should upload their video to YouTube, then fill out the online submission form on this page.