Coolidge Cup Online Debate Tournament

February 23, 2017


Coolidge Cup Online Entry Option

The Coolidge Foundation is pleased to make available an online entry option for the 2017 Coolidge Cup. 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. You must be 13 years of age or older to participate in this competition.

DEADLINE: Monday, May 15, 2017

Video Requirements

  • Props may not be used, nor can videos be edited in a way that unfairly enhances them (i.e., music, pictures, etc…).
  • Videos should not exceed 5:00 minutes, no exceptions.
  • Title of the video should include your name and your position on the resolution (affirmative or negative).
  • Inappropriate language that would make your video unsuitable for general audiences will disqualify your entry.
  • Contestants may not wear awards or medals from previous competitions.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Content 
    – Clearly articulated opinion in response to the Competition Resolution
    – A compelling argument that his or her audience can relate to
    – Use of data contained in the brief, which can be found by CLICKING HERE.
  • Speaking Skills
    – Student’s volume, pitch, rate of pronunciation, and articulation
    – Use of eye contact, facial expressions, gesturing, posture
    – Structuring of speech appropriately with an introduction, body, and conclusion


The top four placers from the online competition will earn the right to compete in the Coolidge Cup Championship Tournament taking place July 3-4, 2017 in President Coolidge’s historic village, the picturesque town of Plymouth Notch, Vermont. Qualifiers earn a free trip to Vermont to compete. More than $10,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded to the winners of the 2017 Coolidge Cup.


Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are aged 13 years to 18 years who have received permission in writing from a parent or legal guardian. All students are required to upload a signed Media Release along with their entry. The Media Release can be found by CLICKING HERE.


Coolidge Cup Online Submission

Fields marked with a * are required.

Coolidge Blog

When Life Strikes the President

“It costs a great deal to be president,” President Calvin Coolidge remarked when he reflected on the March 1926 death of his elderly father. In writing those words Coolidge spoke for all his predecessors, as well as presidents who came after him. Every president has dealt with tragedies and personal challenges during their tenure in the White House. Now an impressive assemblage of presidential historians have joined together to examine those challenges in the recently released book When Life Strikes the President: Scandal, Death, and Illness in the White House.

Coolidge Debate Goes to Dallas

The Coolidge Foundation’s second annual Dallas Debate Tournament was held on Saturday, 15 April at Southern Methodist University. Local debate students, and students from as far away as Houston, came together to debate the resolution “A significant tariff on imported goods from Mexico is a good policy for the U.S. economy.” More than 30 students spent the day debating this very timely issue.

Remembering the Great War

April 6th marks the Centenary of America’s entry into the Great War, as World War I was call back then.

Some of our anniversaries are more significant than others. This Great War anniversary is most definitely one that warrants public recognition and solemn commemoration. And it is especially meaningful for those of us born in the last century.

Why? The war was a mighty engine of destruction and change. The old order of things was consumed by it, with a new order taking its place. The war, no doubt, became the greatest historical force shaping the 20th Century. For example, in its wake, the United States would rise to the status of a major world power. In far off Russia, the Czarist regime would be replaced the Soviet Union, which would attempt through force and subterfuge to impose its communist ideology on the world. In the Middle East, the consequences of the break up of the Ottoman Empire into small, artificial states still haunt us to this day.

The Pilgrim’s Faith: Coolidge and Religion

If one crosses New England’s valleys and hills one will inevitably encounter ubiquitous clapboard Congregational meetinghouses. These places of worship crown the town greens of villages throughout the region. Their faith, the faith of the Puritan pilgrims, is a foundational element of the American ethos. Theirs is the faith of the first Thanksgiving, of Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” of the Salem witch trials, and of the heart and soul of the First Amendment: the freedom of religion (though most of the early Puritans came to the shores British North America seeking religious freedom for themselves, not for others). Puritan Congregationalism has shaped the contours of American civic and religious life for hundreds of years.