Spicer Forum Debate Update

Learn More about the Spicer Debate Forum

If you would like more information about volunteering with the Spicer Debate Forum, or becoming an active debater, please fill out the information below and we will get back to you shortly. You can also email Dr. Eric Morris at ericmorris@missouristate.edu.

Current High School Debaters

High school debaters are encouraged to request information below - the scholarship application require more detail. Although college policy debate is closer to CX Policy, students from all formats (CX Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum) have transitioned successfully to NFA-LD debate and qualified to nationals. There is no requirement to "try out" for the debate team - we take everyone. Travel varies by commitment, and there are GPA rules. Please fill out the form below to get more information!

Current Missouri State Students ("walk-ons")

If you attend MSU (or might be transferring from another college), we would love to talk with you about debate. You can start at any point in your undergraduate years, but if you start early, you have more years to compete. You do NOT have to have prior debate experience - we will teach you and have qualified multiple novices to the national tournament. New debaters enroll in COM 321 for their first two semesters, which usually helps their GPA. You can enroll in COM 321 even if you aren't wanting to travel to tournaments (or are unsure) - it is possible to earn an "A" by judging at high school and middle school tournaments. Although most scholarships are used for freshman recruiting, it is possible to get a scholarship as a walk-on or transfer. We usually hold back 1-2 NFA spring scholarships for walk-ons who start in the prior fall.

Volunteers Needed!

We always need volunteers! It takes about 100 judges per round to run the MSU-Deo High School Tournament each December (Dec 9-10, 2016). Experience is helpful but NOT required - we can train you! There is a judges lounge with free food, and some teachers offer extra credit. Many MSU students complete service requirements for their scholarships or their organizations by judging. We also need volunteers for the MSHSAA State Championship Tournament each April (April 21-22, 2017). We occasionally need a couple of judges for Middle School Debate. We also host several public debates (MSU Talks!) that can count as educational events for student organizations. To learn more about any of these, fill out the form below.

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