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High School Debate Championship

Friday, March 8, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"Even if it is a victim-less crime, it is still a crime. If we choose to not punish crimes anymore, then we have no rule of law." – Tia Speece

This forum is sold out. For information on the waitlist, please call 216.621.0082.

For more than two decades, The City Club of Cleveland has hosted the annual High School Debate Championship. While most high school students are watching basketball finals and preparing for spring break, these enterprising students prepare for the High School Debate Championship as well as for state and national competitions.

Every year, the top two area high school debaters square off in a classic "Lincoln-Douglas" style debate at a Friday forum. This gives the debaters the opportunity to compete—not only for the judges and the audience in the room—but also for our radio and television audiences. Debate teams from across Northeast Ohio are invited to attend as guests of the City Club and BakerHostetler.

This year's debate is between Allison Sewell of Hawken School and Tia Speece of Kenston High School.The resolution is: The illegal use of drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice.

The High School Debate Championship is sponsored by BakerHostetler in memory of Patrick J. Jordan. Mr. Jordan was a partner of the firm and an outstanding debater in high school.

Tickets are free for high school students.

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