Welcome to the home page of the

Quo Vadis Speech & Debate Club!

Our annual practice tourney will be held November 23, 2013. Tourney details will be available at https://lafayette.homeschooldebate.net/ at a later date.

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.

Our club meets on Fridays only in the fall semester. For 2013, we will meet from August 30 - December 6. We meet from 11:00AM  - 3 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!

11:00-12:30 PM Speech

12:30-1:00 PM Club Meeting

1:00-3:00 PM Debate

The club meeting is required.

We ask that the family's oldest child be at least 12 by 1/1/14 to join.  However, we sometimes waive this age recommendation.  Please have a discussion with us if you're interested!! 

There are activities for younger siblings as well:

              Speech activities just for them
              Pre-Debate class
              Bright Lights

QV leadership team:

Kelly Bragg - kbraggland@yahoo.com

Tara Merkel - tara.merkel@gmail.com

Jenni Minich- jminich16@gmail.com

Emily Smith -  lilacfarms@live.com

Information / Plans for this fall  (updated 8/22/2013)

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. We are pleased to announce the Lafayette Speech & Debate Tournament will be held on November 23, 2013. 

Debate & How to Fit It In

Communicating for Christ in Our Club - Conflict Resolution

Other Speaking Options


 1. Competition

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 12 years old by January 1, 2014 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 12. 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. .

2. Community Communication

We also believe that students can be using their communication skills NOW to impact their world. While competition is good, it is only a tool to achieve our ultimate goal - to be ambassadors for Christ. If we leave the students only competing, they often don't make that transition into going into their community! Therefore, we added a new dimension to our club. In the spring of 2009, our club members used their emerging communication skills to raise over $3000 to provide water purification systems for third world countries. In 2010 the community project was to raise awareness of the dangers of the United Nations' Convention of the Rights of the Child and to build support for a parental rights amendment. In the spring of 2011 we offered a "worldview camp" at a local community center. In 2012, we worked raising awareness of the plight of human trafficking. While we think this is important, we will take a hiatus from this portion of this club this season.


New speech types were added by NCFCA for 2013-2014. Watch for updates soon!

Platform Events - Click on the speech event and scroll down on the page to find the documents for that particular event.

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 - description still to come.

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

Interpretative Events- Click on the speech event and scroll down on the page to find the documents for that particular event.

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

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

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

Thematic Interpretation - description still to come

Limited Preparation Events - Click on the speech event and scroll down on the page to find the documents for that particular event.

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.

Wild Card Events - Click on the speech event and scroll down on the page to find the documents for that particular event.

After-Dinner Speaking - description still to come



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.

TP Resolution for the 2013-14 season is: "Resolved: That federal election law should be significantly reformed in the United States."

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.

LD Resolution for the 2013-14 season is: "Resolved: National security ought to be valued above freedom of the press."