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Daytime Curfew Invalidated in Monrovia

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Let the Debate Begin

CAP Trainees March Fourth!

Home Schooling Works: Pass It On!

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National Center Offers Military and College Admissions Packet

NEA Opposes All That is Good for Families

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S P E C I A L   R E P O R T

Let the Debate Begin!

    One word can summarize the third year of Home School Legal Defense Association debate: growth. This year, home school student participation in debate is growing at an amazing rate all over the country. There are more tournaments and more states involved this year than ever before.
    God is doing amazing things through the academic activity of debate, and we at HSLDA are excited about being part of His work. Many parents of debaters have contacted us to share their stories of how debate changed their children’s lives, equipping them with the skills they’ll need to stand up and defend God’s truth in a godless culture.
    The 1999 HSLDA National Debate Tournament is scheduled for June 25–26, 1999, in Purcellville, Virginia. We will be offering $1000 to the team who wins the national tournament and $500 to the second place team. The third through tenth place teams and the first through tenth place individual speakers will also receive awards.
    This year, for the first time, HSLDA is offering limited scholarships for those financially unable to come to the national tournament. If you qualify to attend the national tournament and have a significant financial need, please call Josh Carden at HSLDA as soon as possible to obtain a scholarship application form. Scholarship grants will be based solely on financial need. You must return your application to HSLDA no later than June 4, 1999, for consideration toward the 1999 National Tournament Scholarship.

Common Questions about Debate

Who is eligible to participate in HSLDA debate?
Any student who is:

Home schooled at least 51% of the time by his or her parent or legal guardian.

Thirteen on September 1, 1999, and not 19 or older on September 1, 1998.

Who may attend the 1999 HSLDA National Debate Tournament?
Any team who wins one of the qualifying tournaments listed in this issue of the Court Report.

How do I enter a 1999 qualifying tournament?
Call or e-mail the contact person listed for the tournament in which you wish to participate.

I am interested in debate, but am unable to participate this year. How do I prepare myself or my children for next year?

Watch the Court Report for information on the 2000 debate topic.

Order HSLDA’s textbook and video, An Introduction to Argumentation and Debate, to start learning how to debate and what it is all about.

Check out the National Debate section of this website for the latest debate information, including scheduled chat sessions, forums where you can ask questions and receive answers about debate, a web newsletter with interesting and helpful debate information, and more.