Debate

This year's Topic: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on the legal immigration to the United States.

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Awards

2010-2011

Hockaday Invitational
1st place: Ryan Gorman and Sullivan McCormick

Montgomery Bell Academy
3rd place: Ryan Gorman and Sullivan McCormick

Lexington Massachusetts Invitational
3rd place: Ryan Gorman and Sullivan McCormick

2009-2010

Plano Senior High—1st place—Sullivan McCormick and Carson Young
University of North Texas—2nd place—Joel Diamond and Ryan Gorman
University of Texas—5th place—Sullivan McCormick and Carson Young
The Glenbrooks—9th place—Sullivan McCormick and Carson Young

2007-2008

Greenhill Round Robin—Third place—Rich Graham and Sean O’Brien
Houston Memorial Invitational—1st place—John Hill and Gabriel Nunez-LaFontaine
University of Southern California—5th place—John Hill and Gabriel Nunez-LaFontaine
The Glenbrooks—9th place—Sean O’Brien and Rich Graham
Colleyville Heritage—1st place—Sean O’Brien and Rich Graham
St. Mark’s Novice Round Up—2nd place—Joel Diamond and Sullivan McCormick

2006-2007

National Debate Coaches Association National Championship—3rd place—Sean O’Brien and Ryan Stevens
Emory University—3rd place—Sean O’Brien and Ryan Stevens
Houston Memorial Invitational—1st place—Gabriel Nunez-LaFontaine and Mark Offenbach

2005-2006

UIL District 10 5A Champions—Bradley Craig and Rich Graham
Georgetown University Round Robin—second place—Mark Offenbach and Ryan Stevens

2004-2005

University of California—Berkeley—3rd place—Cameron O’Bannon and Taylor Wofford
University of Redlands—3rd place—Trevor Howell and Raymond Tolentino
Lexington Massachusetts Invitation—3rd place—Jason Martin and Matt Schuster
JV Nationals at Woodward Academy—2nd place—Mark Offenbach and Ryan Stevens
UIL 5A State Debate Tournament—9th place—Derek Liles and Eric Wilhelm

2003-2004

Southern Methodist University—1st place (close out)—Michael Piellucci and Matt Schuster and Chad Davis and Jason Martin
Northwestern University Juniors Round Robin—second place—Cameron O’Bannon and Matt Schuster

2002-2003

California Round Robin—3rd place—Sam Ackels and Robert Foltz
University of Texas Round Robin—3rd place—Sam Ackels and Robert Foltz

2001-2002

St. Mark’s—3rd place—Sam Ackels and Anthony Jardina
The Glenbrooks—9th place—Sam Ackels and Anthony Jardina

2000-2001

Greenhill School—2nd Place—Eddie Ackels and Ben Bireley
Isidore Newman (New Orleans)—3rd Place—Eddie Ackels and Ben Bireley
Emory University—3rd place—Eddie Ackels and Ben Bireley
Boston College Round Robin—2nd place—Eddie Ackels and Ben Bireley
Omaha Westside Invitational—3rd place—Anthony Jardina and Jonathan Powell

1999-2000

University of Colorado—1st place—Ian Holmes and Tom Keane
Arizona State University Round Robin—2nd place—Eddie Ackels and Ben Bireley

1998-1999

University of Colorado—1st place—Ian Holmes and Tom Keane

1997-1998

TFA State—3rd Place—Matt Conley and Steve Kovatis

History of Topics

1941 - 1950

1941-42

Resolved: That every able-bodied male citizen in the United States should be required to have one year of full-time military training before attaining the present draft age.

1942-43

Resolved: That a federal world government should be established.

1943-44

Resolved: That the United States should join in reconstituting the League of Nations.

1944-45

Resolved: That the legal voting age should be reduced to eighteen years.

1945-46

Resolved: That ever able-bodied male citizen of the United States should have one year of full time military training before attaining age 24.

1946-47

Resolved: That the federal government should provide a system of complete Medical care available to all citizens at public expense.

1947-48

Resolved: That the federal government should require arbitration of labor disputes in all basic industries.

1948-49

Resolved: That a federal world government should be established.

1949-50

Resolved: That the President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people.

1950 - 1960

1950-51

Resolved: That the American people should reject the Welfare state.

1951-52

Resolved: That all American citizens should be subject to conscription for essential service in time of war.

1952-53

Resolved: That the Atlantic pact nations should form a federal union.

1953-54

Resolved: That the President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people.

1954-55

Resolved: That the federal government should initiate a policy of free trade among nations friendly to the United States.

1955-56

Resolved: That the government subsidies should be granted according to need to high school graduates who qualify for additional training.

1956-57

Resolved: That the federal government should sustain the prices of major agricultural products at not less than 90% of parity.

1957-58

Resolved: That the United States foreign aid should be substantially increased.

1958-59

Resolved: That the United States should adopt the essential feature of the British system of education.

1959-60

Resolved: That the federal government should substantially increase its regulation of labor unions.

1960 - 1970

1960-61

Resolved: That the United Nations should be significantly strengthened.

1961-62

Resolved: That the federal government should equalize educational opportunity by means of grants to the states for public elementary and secondary education.

1962-63

Resolved: That the United States should promote a Common Market for the western hemisphere.

1963-64

Resolved: That Social Security benefits should be extended to include complete medical care.

1964-65

Resolved: That nuclear weapons should be controlled by an international organization.

1965-66

Resolved: That the federal government should adopt a program of compulsory arbitration in labor-management disputes in basic industries.

1966-67

Resolved: That the foreign aid program of the United States should be limited to non-military assistance.

1967-68

Resolved: That Congress should establish uniform regulations to control criminal investigation procedures.

1968-69

Resolved: That the United States should establish a system of compulsory service by all citizens.

1969-70

Resolved: That Congress should prohibit unilateral United States military intervention in foreign countries.

1970 - 1980

1970-71

Resolved: That the federal government should establish, finance, and administer programs to control air and/or water pollution in the United States.

1971-72

Resolved: That the jury system in the United States should be significantly changed.

1972-73

Resolved: That governmental financial support for all public and secondary education in the United States be provided exclusively by the federal government.

1973-74

Resolved: That the federal government should guarantee a minimum annual income to each family unit.

1974-75

Resolved: That the United States should significantly change the method of selection of presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

1975-76

Resolved: That the development and allocation of scarce world resources should be controlled by an international organization.

1976-77

Resolved: That a comprehensive program of penal reform should be adopted throughout the United States.

1977-78

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a comprehensive program to regulate the health care in the United States.

1978-79

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a comprehensive program to significantly increase the energy independence of the U.S.

1979-80

Resolved: That the United States should significantly change its foreign trade policies.

1980 - 1990

1980-81

Resolved: That the federal government should initiate and enforce safety guarantees on consumer goods.

1981-82

Resolved: That the federal government should establish minimum educational standards for elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

1982-83

Resolved: That the United States should significantly curtail its arms sales to other countries.

1983-84

Resolved: That the United States should establish uniform rules governing the procedure of all criminal courts in the nation.

1984-85

Resolved: That the federal government should provide employment for all employable U.S. Citizens living in poverty.

1985-86

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a comprehensive national policy to protect the quality of water in the United States.

1986-87

Resolved: That the federal government should implement a comprehensive long-term agricultural policy in the United States.

1987-88

Resolved: That the United States government should adopt a policy to increase political stability in Latin America.

1988-89

Resolved: That the federal government should implement a comprehensive program to guarantee retirement security for United States citizens over age 65.

1989-90

Resolved: That the federal government should adopt a nationwide policy to decrease overcrowding in prisons and jails in the United States.

1990 - 2000

1990-91

Resolved: that the United States Government should significantly increase space exploration beyond Earth’s mesosphere.

1991-92

Resolved: That the federal government should significantly increase social services to homeless individuals in the United States.

1992-93

Resolved: That the United States government should reduce worldwide pollution through its trade and/or aid policies.

1993-94

Resolved: That the federal government should guarantee comprehensive national health insurance to all United States citizens.

1994-95

Resolved: That the United States government should substantially strengthen regulation of immigration to the United States.

1995-96

Resolved: That the United States government should substantially change its foreign policy toward the People’s Republic of China.

1996-97

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a program to substantially reduce juvenile crime in the United States.

1997-98

Resolved: That the federal government should establish a policy to substantially increase renewable energy use in the United States.

1998-99

Resolved: That the United States should substantially change its foreign policy toward Russia.

1999-2000

Resolved: That the federal government should establish an education policy to significantly increase academic achievement in secondary schools in the United States.

2000 - 2010

2000-01

Resolved: That the United States federal government should significantly increase protection of privacy in the United States in one or more of the following areas: employment, medical records, consumer information, search and seizure.

2001-02

Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish a foreign policy significantly limiting the use of weapons of mass destruction.

2002-03

Resolved: That the United States federal government should substantially increase public health services for mental health care in the United States.

2003-04

Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish an ocean policy substantially increasing protection of marine natural resources.

2004-05

Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish a foreign policy substantially increasing its support of United Nations peacekeeping operations.

2005-06

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority either to detain without charge or to search without probable cause.

2006-07

Resolved: The United States federal government should establish a policy substantially increasing the number of persons serving in one or more of the following national service programs: AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps, Senior Corps, Peace Corps, Learn and Serve America, Armed Forces.

2007-08

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its public health assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa.

2008-09

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States.

2009-10

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States.

2010- Present Day

2010-11

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following: South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey.

2011-12

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere.

2012-13

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.

2013-14

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela.

2014-15

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth's oceans.

2015-16

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.

2016-17

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance. The resolution creates the focus of controversy and divides the ground between the affirmative and negative sides. The affirmative side supports the resolution by advocating a specific way to enact the resolution.