Coolidge Debate League

Join us for the next tournament in the Coolidge Debate League at the Luddy Schools!

Date/Time:        Saturday, May 12th from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location:            Franklin Academy High School – 648 Flaherty Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Eligibility:           Students grade 6 through 12
Registration:     Kindly register by May 9, 2018
Dress:                    Business Professional

The resolution for this debate is: Resolved: For the United States, socialism would be a better economic system than capitalism for promoting the well-being of the average person.

In the morning, students will attend a policy seminar on their debate topic with renown Duke University economist Professor Mike Munger. The late morning and afternoon will be dedicated to debate. Students will debate in teams of two and compete in multiple rounds where they will debate both sides of the debate topic.

The event is free and lunch will be provided to all students and judges. The tournament will be broken up into a high school bracket and a middle school bracket. Any student in grades 6 to 12 is eligible and we greatly encourage new debaters to participate! Debaters should try to find a partner to debate with them, but if they are unable, we will pair them with a partner from their school prior to the tournament. Students should register through the form at the bottom of this page by May 9, 2018. 

Coolidge Cup Qualifier

The Coolidge Foundation and Franklin Academy are pleased to announce the third tournament of the Coolidge Debate League at the Luddy Schools. We invite you to participate! Top finishers from the high school tournament will receive “bids” to compete in the 2018 Coolidge Cup Championship and a chance to win the $7,500 Robert L. Luddy-Coolidge Cup Award.

The Coolidge Cup is held from July 1st to July 5th in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. All lodging, dining, and transportation costs, including to and from Vermont, will be covered by the Coolidge Foundation.

The following finishers from the May 12th tournament at Franklin Academy will receive bids to the 2018 Coolidge Cup:

  1. Both members of the first place high school team.
  2. Both members of the second place high school team.
  3. The top four high school speakers (who are not members of the first or second place teams).

The Coolidge Cup Championship in Vermont is open only to high school students; therefore, middle school winners are not eligible to receive a bid to the Coolidge Cup. Trophies will be presented to the top two middle school teams and the top four middle school speakers.


Information for Judges

We welcome citizen judges of all types (teachers, coaches, parents, and other members of the community). To volunteer as a judge, register here:

If you have any questions about the tournament or League, please contact Jared Rhoads by email ([email protected])!

Coolidge Debate Registration Form

  • Your debate partner still needs to complete this form, even if you list them. If you do not have a debate partner, don't worry! Just put N/A in this box and we will help you find a partner before the competition.
  • Photo and Medical Release Form

    Please complete and upload the photo and medical release form found at this link: