Quo Vadis Speech & Debate Club

Welcome to the home page of the

Quo Vadis Speech & Debate Club!

Our annual practice tourney will be held November 12, 2016. Tourney information will be available at https://lafayette.homeschooldebate.net/ at a later date.

Tournament Registration opens in October 2016.

JUDGES registration opens in October 2016.

Our mission statement: Provide an opportunity for students to develop skills in public speaking and debate so that they can communicate effectively in a manner that glorifies God.

CLUB REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MAY 1. Registration will close on July 18 at NOON.



The 2016 meeting DAY and TIME have changed!

Our club meets on MONDAYS, only in the fall semester.

For 2016, we will meet from August 15 - November 14. We meet from 10:30 AM  - 2:30 PM and have a variety of activities for the whole family to work on communication skills. Our club "home" is the Faith Community Center in Lafayette. Visitors are always welcome!

10:30-12:00 PM Speech

12:00-12:30 PM Club Meeting/Lunch

12:30-2:30 PM Debate

The club meeting is required.

We ask that the family's oldest child be at least 13 by 9/1/16 to join.

**The NCFCA Board of Directors has made two major changes to the competition eligibility policy. The first is to change the age requirement date to September 1 (the child must now be 13 by Sept 1 instead of on January 1), and the second change is to move the age requirement to 13 to 18 years old, as opposed to 12 to 18.

There are activities for younger siblings as well:

              Speech activities just for them
              Pre-Debate class
              Bright Lights
QV leadership team:

Kelly Bragg - kbragg@bragginsurance.com

Jenni Minich- jminich16@gmail.com


Competitive speech and debate are wonderful skill-building activities that teach a huge variety of skills to students, discipline their minds, and train them to be effective communicators in our culture for Christ. Many families think the required time is too much and that they can't fit it into their all ready busy lives. However, if one looks at how much training a child can receive and how many other courses that can be supplemented while writing speeches, doing research for debate, learning to graciously express one's thoughts and views to others, parents may find that this really is a more time effective means of accomplishing multiple goals.

Debate & How to Fit It In

Communicating for Christ in Our Club - Conflict Resolution

Other Speaking Options



We are pleased to announce the Lafayette Speech & Debate Practice Tournament will be held on November 12, 2016.

We encourage our students to compete because this is the fastest way to get in the required practice to actually develop these skills. In addition, there's nothing like being judged to encourage students to strive for excellence. Finally, tournaments are fun. Students make homeschooled friends from around the Midwest.

Students must be 13 years old by September 1 of the school year to compete in most tourneys for the next season that runs from late fall through Nationals, which takes place during June. There are a few tournaments for children younger than 13. The competitions in which our students compete are governed by a national league called National Christian Forensic and Communications Association (NCFCA). Some tournaments are sanctioned by NCFCA and are thereby considered "qualifiers" which allow competitors to "qualify" for Nationals. Competitors must be members of NCFCA to compete in these tournaments. Other competitions are considered "practice" tournaments and are hosted by local forensics clubs. These still typically follow NCFCA rules and regulations.

 At the bottom of this page is a listing of the various kinds of events in which a student can compete. There are links to the various rules and ballots for each event as well. .


SPEECH - Events may be subject to change

Platform Events - Click on the speech event. This takes you to the NCFCA page. Click on "Learn More" under "Speech Competition". Then click on the speech type that you want to learn more about.

Persuasive - a persuasive speech is an original speech intended to persuade the audience to adopt a particular point of view or course of action.

Informative - An Informative speech is an original platform speech on any topic the speaker chooses. The primary goals of the speech are to inform, instruct, and/or inspire.

Illustrated Oratory an original platform speech which informs or explains a particular topic with the use of visual aids.

Biographical Narrative - A Biographical Narrative is an original platform speech that focuses on the relevance and/or contributions of a single person’s life.


Interpretative Events - Click on the speech event. This takes you to the NCFCA page. Click on "Learn More" under "Speech Competition". Then click on the speech type that you want to learn more about.

Duo Interpretation - This event is like any of the other interpretive events except that it is for two performers.

Open Interpretationcreatively explores and develops the intellectual, emotional, and artistic embodiment of a single piece of literature for performance.

Original Interpretation - An Original Interpretation creatively explores and develops the intellectual, emotional, and artistic embodiment of literature written by the student for performance.


Limited Preparation Events Click on the speech event. This takes you to the NCFCA page. Click on "Learn More" under "Speech Competition". Then click on the speech type that you want to learn more about.

Impromptu Speaking - In this event the participant draws a topic and is given two minutes to prepare a (up to) 5 minute speech. Topics (provided by the tournament director) are either quotations or abstract words.

Apologetics- It is a limited preparation speech in which the speaker is given four minutes to prepare a six-minute speech on a topic related to defending his/her faith.

Extemporaneous SpeakingExtemporaneous speaking is a limited preparation event where the speaker is given thirty minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech on a current event topic.



Team Policy (TP) Debate 

Public policy debate is about matters of public policy such as might be debated in a legislative setting or a community meeting. A winning debate team will clearly present a problem and provide a plan to solve this problem. (or clearly show that what their opponents presented isn't a significant problem or that their plan will not solve the problem). Everything in debate must be backed by reliable evidence. Definitions of terms are often important.

2017 NCFCA Team Policy Debate Resolution: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its policies toward the People’s Republic of China.  (Final wording subject to change)

Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate

This is an individual (vs. team) event. Instead of presenting and solving a specific problem, as is done in policy debate, LD debate deals with valuing one concept over another concept. A winning participant may present evidence but (s)he will define his/her value, present its major premises, and give justification to convince the judge that their value should be given precedence over the opponent's value.

2017 NCFCA Lincoln Douglas Resolution: Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in criminal justice systems.     (Final wording subject to change)