Top Debaters Grapple with Stand Your Ground Laws, Space Exploration, and the Rich/Poor Gap

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The National Forensic League has announced the much-anticipated high school debate topics for its 2012 National Tournament.

Top high school debaters now know which significant and timely issues they will discuss at the 2012 LFG/NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament. After a nationwide vote, Public Forum teams will address whether “Stand Your Ground” laws are a legitimate expansion of the doctrine of self-defense. Lincoln-Douglas debaters will discuss the government’s obligation to lessen the economic gap between its rich and poor citizens. Policy debaters will conclude their yearlong conversation on space exploration and development.

Each debate is a vital part of the 2012 Lincoln Financial Group / National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament, held June 10-15 in Indianapolis, IN. Qualifiers represent public, private, and home schools from across the country and as far away as South Korea. The high school championship coincides with the middle level tournament, which will also be in Indianapolis from June 13-15. Both tournaments operate under the auspices of the National Forensic League, the national honorary society for speech and debate education.

To qualify for nationals, high school speech and debate students must place at the top of one of NFL’s 108 district tournaments. Qualifiers will compete for more than $200,000 in college scholarships in one of eleven main events—Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate-House, Congressional Debate-Senate, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation—as well as seven supplemental events.

The National Forensic League (NFL) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student’s essential life skills and values. More than 120,000 high school and middle school students, representing nearly 3,000 schools nationwide, are currently building their communication, leadership, cognitive, and presentational skills as members. Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL. For more information, visit

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