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2013 Lansing Jaycees Debate Tournament (Jan. 19, Lansing, Mi)

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The Lansing Jaycees Debate tournament will feature four rounds of two person Open switch sides policy debate. The tournament will be held at Everett High School, in Lansing Michigan.



An optional brief primer will be offered free of charge to schools and individuals interested in learning the basics of argumentation. Please indicate whether you are interested in participating in the workshop when you register.



Personalized photo certificates will be awarded to the top five speakers and the top five teams. More awards will be presented, should entries warrant.



Meals for students, coaches, judges and observers will be provided by the tournament.



To register, send an email to joewkelly@gmail.com with contestant names and judge information. The entry fee is $35 per two-person entry. A half-judge is required for every two debaters. Schools unable to provide judges may hire from the tournament for $40 per half-judge. Fees will be frozen the Wednesday before the tournament.



As part of the mission of the Lansing Jaycees to serve our community, we will be conducting a food drive. Each team's entry fee will be reduced by $5 in exchange for five items of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Greater Lansing food bank.



We expect the judge pool to be diverse. As some of the judges will be coming from little or no background in debate, it is advised that teams come prepared to adapt their presentation style.



Everett High School is located at:

3900 Stabler Street

Lansing, MI 48910


75 minutes from Grand Rapids

1. Navigate to I-96 E

2. Take Exit 95 for I-496 E

3. Take exit 5 toward M L King Blvd/Capitol Loop/M-99

4. Merge onto W Malcolm X St

5. Turn right onto S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

6. Turn left onto W Holmes Rd

7. Turn right onto Stabler St, school will be on the right


75 minutes from Mt. Pleasant

1. Navigate to US-127 S

2. Merge onto I-496 E

3. Take exit 11 toward Jolly Road

4. Turn right onto Dunckel Rd

5. Turn right at Davie Rd onto E Cavanaugh Rd

6. Turn right onto Stabler St, school will be on the left


85 minutes from Kalamazoo

1. Navigate to I-94 E

2. Take exit 108 for Interstate 69 toward Ft Wayne/Lansing

3. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-69 N and merge onto I-69 N

4. Take exit 72 to merge onto I-96 E toward Detroit

5. Take exit 101 for M-99/ML King Blvd toward Eaton Rapids

6. Turn left onto M-99 N/S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

7. Turn right onto Cavanaugh Rd

8. Turn left onto Stabler St, school will be on the left


95 minutes from Detroit

1. Navigate to I-96 W

2. Take exit 104 to merge onto I-96 BUS W toward Cedar St/Holt

3. Turn left onto E Cavanaugh Rd

4. Take the 2nd right onto Stabler St, school will be on the left




8:00 a.m. Registration begins

8:00 a.m. Learning debate workshop

8:45 a.m. Pairings released

9:00 a.m. Round 1 (Random)

10:45 a.m. Round 2 (Random)

12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided by the tournament)

1:15 p.m. Round 3 (Power Paired)

3:15 p.m. Round 4 (Power Paired)

5:15 p.m. Awards ceremony and cleanup



Joe Kelly

2012 Vice President of Individual Development

Lansing Jaycees


(616) 617 - 8037

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Starting at 8:00 a.m. the tournament will also offer a judge training workshop free to all attendees.



The tournament will be collecting plans from schools upon registration. Those opting to provide plan information will be sent a link to a listing of all the schools registered and plans being run at the tournament. If you plan on running a new plan at our tournament, please indicate that as well.

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