What Comes After

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.

Wasn’t it?

Equipped to Lead

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.

About Time

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