This weekend, on January 17th and January 18th, Penn High School will be hosting the districts tournament for National Speech and Debate. On Friday night, debaters will partake in the first two rounds, as they try to collect as many ballots in their favor as they can. On Saturday, both speech and debate will be there. While for speech this is just another tournament, debate is different. A districts tournament is the qualification tournament for nationals, which will be held at Albuquerque New Mexico this year.

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This tournament, the Northwest Indiana schools will be coming to debate. However, Congress debaters will not be entering the tournament, as they already had their Districts tournament, which can be found using this link.

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The team is hard at work making their cases and adding any last minute attacks, as this will be the last chance for many seniors to qualify for nationals.

Kevin McNulty | PNN Policy debater Lyvia Li discusses strategies for their negative case.

By Kevin McNulty

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