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Debate: Thales Academy

Learn to debate like a president! Join the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation at Thales Academy Rolesville to train in debate and compete for prizes. College scholarship money will be awarded to the top debaters! To confirm your attendance, please complete the below form. 

In the morning, students will learn the fundamentals of debate from international debate expert Dr. Ben Voth, professor of communication and collegiate debate coach at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Voth has extensive experience teaching new debaters and has coached numerous national debate champions. Students will also receive detailed instruction on their debate topic from experts from the Coolidge Foundation.

In the afternoon, students will put what they learned to use in a competitive debate tournament. Debates will utilize a two on two format and all teams will debate multiple rounds. Novice debaters and even those with no debate experience are especially encouraged to attend. Students are encouraged to bring a debate partner but if you do not have one, do not worry! If you do not have a debate partner, we will help you find one before the event.

This debate day is a collaborative effort organized by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation in partnership with Thales Academy. The event is free and lunch will be provided to all students. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rob Hammer at [email protected]

Event Information


Thales Academy Rolesville
1201 Granite Falls Blvd
Rolesville, NC 27571

Date & Time:

Saturday, October 14th
9 AM to 5 PM


Any student grades 7th through 12th. The event is geared toward novice debaters or students who have no previous debate experience.

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: https://coolidgefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Medical-and-Photo-Release-Form.pdf