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Great Pumpkin Debates (Fall 2022)

October 29, 2022 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

“21st Century Skills” Online Debate Event (Grades 4-8)

We hosted a “skills debate” event… to learn more, please click here for more details:
RESULTS: HERE. or XLS (Posted: 2:48 PM PST)
 Saturday, October 29, 2022 (Sunday, Oct 30th in Korea).

Time (Eastern): Saturday, 5pm-7pm, 7pm-9pm, or both!
Time (Pacific):
Saturday, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm, or both!
Time (Korea/Asia): Sunday, 6am-8am*, 8am-10am, or both!
Description: PDF. Online form for judging the Skills Debate(s): SKILLS DEBATE BALLOT
Description: PDF. Online form for judging the Costume Contest: COSTUME CONTEST BALLOT
Online form for judging the “Crossfire Only!” Debate(s): CROSSFIRES ONLY BALLOT

This event requires no experience, we are doing it for fun. We need judges of all experience levels, including beginners. Students can attend as an observer, a judge, or as a debater. This event is limited to people who have joined the community. Membership is free, the cost of the event is free, and it should be considered a low-stress, highly fun way to celebrate Halloween. Anyone grade 4-8, can attend and can join the costume event.

At this event students will debate the following topic: “High-Speed Rail in the U.S. is desirable. [Research]

This is “21st Century Skillz” Debate: Each debater may choose their own partner, or have a partner assigned to them on the day of the event. No prior experience in public speaking or debate is required. Each speaker from each team (two students per team) will present one argument. After five minutes of preparation time, each speaker will refute one of the opposing team’s arguments. Finally, a three minute “crossfire” will end the debate. The full debate format (with judging instructions): PDF.

Divisions: Grades 4-6th, and 6-8th (Grade 6 students can choose, which division they prefer).

IMPORTANT: We would like to have debaters/judges wearing costumes (costumes are optional).

PRIZES: We will have a prize (medallions) for some of the students to enjoy.

For more information, please contact the tournament organizer: Bill Eddy (billeddy@21stcenturydebate.org).

COST: $0.00 per person (free).


October 29, 2022
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Tags:


Zoom Meeting
172 Streamwood
Irvine, CA 92620 United States
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Bill Eddy
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