A simulation of the U.S. legislative process, students generate a series of bills and resolutions for debate in Congressional Debate. Debaters alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting. An elected student serves as a presiding officer to ensure debate flows smoothly. Students are assessed on their research, argumentation, and delivery skills, as well as their knowledge and use of parliamentary procedure. Speeches are 3 minutes long and off the cuff. Topics cover a variety of issues and are usually bills currently in the legislative branches or recently shot down by them. A variety of perspectives are examined in this event, but it tends to run on the more pragmatic side, unlike Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Interpersonal skills allow students to work with others to control procedures of the room and advance the best agenda for themselves, and so are rather handy.
Gavel name: Spite, the unofficial official mascot of the congress debate team.
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