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BCPS is Proud to Host the 2018 National Speech & Debate Tournament
- Competition Takes Place June 17 22, 2018
Published Monday, June 18, 2018


Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to host the 2018 National Speech & Debate Tournament. The championship tournament, which is sponsored by the National Speech & Debate Association, takes place June 17 –22, 2018, with competitions at a variety of District schools and other locations in Broward County.  The national event includes the best debate students from across the nation, with approximately 8,000 middle and high school students participating. Competition categories include traditional debate, public speaking and interpretation of literature.

BCPS is honored to be represented at the National Speech & Debate Tournament by approximately 300 students from 30 District schools. BCPS offers the largest debate initiative in the world, with approximately 15,000 students participating in debate programs at every middle school and high school, and expanding in elementary schools. 

In addition, BCPS is partnering with the National Speech & Debate Association and Students Demand Action to kick-off the national tournament with a special event, Powerful Voices. Meaningful Changes.  This event showcases the BCPS Active Voice Project, which aims to empower students to make their voices heard as they express their views and participate actively in an open exchange of ideas.  The Powerful Voices. Meaningful Changes. event takes place Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center (Grand Ballroom, Third Floor), located at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Media interested in covering the Powerful Voices. Meaningful Changes. event are asked to RSVP by contacting Mike Rieker, Marketing & Advocacy Director for the National Speech & Debate Association, at or (515) 447-8884.

Media interested in covering the National Speech & Debate Tournament, including the finals competitions taking place on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22, can contact Mike Rieker (contact information is listed above), Megan West at or Justin Weaver at

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - “Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. To learn more, visit Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at, and download the free BCPS app.

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