PHOENIX DEBATERock Ridge Phoenix Debate is entering its 6th season in 2019-20 after five successful years of competition. Our debaters won the Virginia High School League conference championship in 2017 and advanced seven debaters to the NCFL Grand National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky in May 2017. We also helped to host the 2018 NCFL Grand National Tournament here in Washington, DC. Last year, four of our top Public Forum debaters advanced to NCFL Grand Nationals in Milwaukee.This year, we plan to train more of our debaters for varsity-level competition, while also recruiting new debaters interested in challenging themselves. Debate is an excellent activity for developing critical thinking skills and confidence as a persuasive speaker. It is open to all interested Rock Ridge students. Our team organizational meeting will be on Thursday, September 5 from 4:15-4:45p.m. in the library. Registration forms and nonrefundable dues must be turned in no later than Tuesday, September 24 by 4:15 p.m. Once the deadline is passed, we can take no additional team members for the season. See one of our team coaches, Mr. Briscoe, Ms. Seshadri, or Ms. Srinivasan, or one of our team officers (listed below) if you have questions. Registration packets will be available at our September 5 meeting and also in room L403 (Mr. Briscoe's room) through September 23. You can also find the information sheets and forms in the packet in the "Registration Materials" section below (posted after September 5).2019-20 Debate Team Officers:President: Pranav AddepalliVP for LD Debate: Megha VasudevanVP for PF Debate: Akshath MahajanTreasurer: Ashwin LankaLincoln-Douglas Debate Captain: Neha KrishnaPublic Forum Debate Captains: Amith Bhoomireddy & Surya MamidyalaWe will be hosting the WACFL Lincoln-Douglas/Speech II Tournament on Saturday, November 16 here at Rock Ridge. We will need plenty of volunteers beyond just our debate team members, so please check with a coach if you are available to help host the tournament that day. Check with your club or organization in advance to make sure you can earn service hours.Please visit our Google Classroom (enrollment code provided at our first clinics the week of September 9) and check out registration information, forms, the competition and practice calendar, and other important information provided below when available.Registration Materials (including season calendar)will be posted after the September 5 information meetingRemember that your dues (online credit card payments only please) and all other registration materials are due by September 24 @ 4:15 p.m. Registration packets will also available in L403 for students who want hard copies (after September 5).