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Welcome to the home page of the

Quo Vadis Speech & Debate Club!

Our annual practice tournament will be held NOVEMBER 16, 2019.

Tournament information will be available at at a later date.

Tournament Registration opens in October 15, 2018 at noon and closes October 22 at noon.

JUDGES registration opened in September 24, 2018 and will close November 5th at 5pm.

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, 2019.  We do anticipate club being full and there being a waitlist again, so register early. Registration will close July 1, 2019.



For Fall 2019, we will meet on MONDAYS from August 12 - November 18.  (No club on Labor Day).

We meet at Faith East Community Center at 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette.

We meet from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. (We eat lunch together.)

The club's mandatory all day tournament is November 16, 2019.

We have a variety of activities for the whole family to work on communication skills.

Visitors are always welcome! A detailed schedule can be found in the club information link above.

10:30-12:00 PM      Speech

12:00-12:30 PM      Lunch

12:30-2:30 PM       Debate

We ask that the family's oldest child be at least 12 by 9/1/19 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 12 by Sept 1 instead of on January 1), and the second change is to move the age requirement to 12 to 18 years old.

There are activities for younger siblings as well:

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

Kelly Bragg -

Jenni Minich-


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 16, 2019

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 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 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. .


SPEECH - Events to be updated this summer    (Events may be subject to change)

Platform Events - Click HERE to see examples of a speech event. This takes you to the NCFCA page.

Illustrated Oratory (IO) - speech that informs or persuades with the use of visual aids.

Informative (INFO) - speech that explains a significant topic.

Persuasive (PERS) - speech that influences the audience to consider a particular point of view or course of action.


Interpretative Events - Click HERE to see examples of a speech event. This takes you to the NCFCA page.

Biblical Thematic (BT) - speech in which the speaker analyzes three or more literature selections, including at least one Scripture selection, and develops a unique, original performance using a visual aid.

Duo Interp (DUO) - speech in which two speakers explore a published literature selection and develop a unique, original performance.

Open Interp (OPEN) - speech in which the speaker explores a published or self-authored literature selection and develops a unique, original performance.

Oratorical Interp (ORAT) - speech in which the speaker creatively explores, develops, and analyzes one or two published speeches.


Limited Preparation Events -Click HERE to see examples of a speech event. This takes you to the NCFCA page.

Apologetics (APOL, same topics) - speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given four minutes to prepare a six-minute speech that presents a well-reasoned defense of basic tenets of the Christian faith.

Impromptu (IMP, new category of topics) -  speech in which the speaker draws a topic and is given two minutes to prepare a unique and meaningful five-minute speech.

Extemporaneous (EXT, with cross-ex in elim rounds) - speech in which the speaker is assigned a current event topic and given twenty minutes to analyze news and other sources while preparing a seven-minute, evidence-based speech.



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.

THIS SEASON'S NCFCA Team Policy Debate Resolution (2018-2019): Resolved: The USFG should substantially reform its foreign policy regarding international terrorism.

NEXT SEASON'S NCFCA Team Policy Debate Resolution (2019-2020):  TBD


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.

THIS SEASON'S NCFCA Lincoln Douglas Resolution (2018-2019): Resolved: When in conflict, governments should value fair trade above free trade.

NEXT SEASON'S NCFCA Lincoln Douglas Resolution (2019-2020): TBD