It Takes a Village Welcome (back) to NCFCA for the 2020 season! “It takes a village” generally evokes an instant reaction, particularly by those of us who are homeschooling parents. I believe there is deeper ideology there that is worth … Read more
By Kim Cromer, Executive Director “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. … Read more
By Kim Cromer, Executive Director NCFCA Nationals Staff Welcomes a New Director of Education If you’ve ever been to a tournament, you’ve been able to witness God’s faithfulness in providing the right people at exactly the right time. I’ve marveled … Read more
Congratulations! The 2018-2019 season culminating with the National Championship is in the books. Nationals was an extraordinary time of celebration, collaboration, and competition. Even if you didn’t attend the tournament, we have published a recording of the Showcase of Excellence … Read more
I still remember my first NCFCA tournament: the nerves, the last-minute practicing, the kindness of our host family, the performances of my speech, the kind words a judge wrote on her ballot.
I also remember my last NCFCA tournament: the last arrival on campus, the last line for script submission, the last speeches I would ever give in competition, the last awards ceremony, the last ballots I would receive.
I had been blessed by my participation in NCFCA in numerous ways during the intervening years, enjoying community, developing communication skills, and growing in character. But now it was all over.
The Student Advisory Council (SAC) consists of representatives, one male and one female, from each region. Qualified students will be at least 16 years old on or before January 1, 2020 and have participated in NCFCA for a minimum of two years (including the current season). Each SAC term runs for one year, from National Championship to National Championship. Commitment for participation includes availability for two teleconference meetings a month from August to June. There are also optional opportunities for onsite meetings at each National Open and the National Championship. Applications are available now and will be accepted through May 6. Selected students will be notified on or before May 20.
Among the changes in NCFCA competition this season, timekeeping is one of the most significant. We have entrusted debate timekeeping to the debaters themselves and they are rising to the challenge. Head Judges are keeping time for speeches, and we … Read more
Have you ever listened to someone talk about a current event and wished you could ask questions to clarify information or to better understand their position? In NCFCA Extemp competition, do you think judges have wished they could hear answers … Read more
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; it’s the one day of the year when I spend the whole morning (plus some) in my kitchen cooking. It doesn’t require much thought on my part to make the meal because Thanksgiving is the … Read more
Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time to come around the table and connect with family and friends with whom you may not usually get extended stretches of intentional time. However, coming up with conversation starters can be difficult. The weather … Read more