National Speech and Debate Association (New name for the National Forensic League)
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Lesson from Aristotle: ‘A good orator has to take three factors into consideration. First of all: ethos. She/he must appear to be reliable and honest. Secondly: pathos. She/he has to be able to touch the emotions of the public. Finally: logos. His/her reasoning must be sound.’

Valley students can join the Valley Speech and Debate Team with Ms. Nidz and Ms. Cassella. We meet nights and after school starting in September to work on Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Parliamentary Debate, UCONN Moot Court, The People Speak, State Debate, CDA (Connecticut Debate Association), American Legion Oratory, and the NPPF Bickel and Brewer online debate. Meeting are after school as well as evenings. All the information you need is available below.

"Go forward, attempt great things, accomplish great things." - Mary Lyon, founder Mount Holyoke College

Check out the bulletin board just out side Mrs. Sanford's room for photos and more information.

Updated 6/02/17:

The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three (3) minutes or more than five (5) minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker's knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.The assigned topic shall be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of his or her prepared oration and will be made known to the audience and each contestant approximately five (5) minutes prior to the time of delivery. The topic will be on some phase of the U.S. Constitution, selected from Articles and Sections as listed under assigned topics for the current year's contest in this brochure.All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.===Assigned Topics for 2018 Oratorical Contest===
Amendment 2
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment 3
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Amendment 15
Section 1.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Article 2 Section 4
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

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Program Spotlight » Members of the Carlsbad High School Speech & Debate Team organized a public forum for City Council candidates last week. The team worked together to develop questions and design the format, and two senior debaters moderated the forum. We love to see speech and debate students bringing the power of their speech and debate teams to their communities.
Valley can/could have hosted one of the local debates. There are NFL points for community service projects, too.

Here are some fabulous notes from Yale Mock Trial members:

Mock Trial videos have been produced by Civics First CT. You can view them here. They were generated by local CT attorneys. Go to the CivicsFirstCT website and hit the "Resources" button. At the bottom of the page are the 5 videos.

Direct and Cross Exam
Rules of Evidence #1: Relevancy, Foundation, and Lack of Personal Knowledge
Rules of Evidence #2: Character
Rules of Evidence #3: Opinion and Expert Witness
Rules of Evidence #4: Hearsay

Check out the "Double Pendulum" simulation at the end of this wiki.

Discover the power of forensics:

National Forensic League - (Valley points are listed on the bulletin board outside Mrs. Sanford's room)

To be inducted into the NFL Honor Society for Speech, you need to earn 25 points. You earn six points for a win and three for a loss.
  1. 25 points - membership and Degree of Merit
  2. 75 points - Degree of Honor
  3. 150 points - Degree of Excellence EARNS CORDS FOR GRADUATION
  4. 250 points - Degree of Distinction
  5. 500 points - Degree of Special Distinction
  6. 750 points - Degree of Superior Distinction
  7. 1000 points - Degree of Outstanding Distinction

Want to see all the NFL tournaments offered? Check it out here under "High School Invitationals":

Want to find out more about all the different NFL speech events??? Check this out! :

Adding Student Accounts » Encourage your students to sign up for a FREE account on Even if they do not have the 25 points needed to be a member, students can use their account to access resources, watch webinars, and more!Note: Chapter advisors can make the process even simpler for students by adding new students to the Points Application ahead of time. Direct your students to sign up by having them select their state, school, and name from a series of drop-down menus. (A gold star icon will appear next to their names once they have successfully registered. The gold star is required for any students who wish to compete in the District Tournament series.)

Model United Nations


CUHSMUN has been established to recreate and exemplify what we believe to be the spirit of diplomacy: innovation, creativity, a commitment to the delegate and conference experience, academic and personal dare, mutual respect and limitless intellectual enrichment. We are proud to encourage future generations of leaders to speak out and present bold and creative solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. In recent years, Clark’s traveling team has made a name for itself in the Model UN circuit, competing at multiple international conferences, with delegates winning awards at every one. In the spring of 2010, Clark’s Model UN team successfully hosted its first Middle School Model United Nations conference on our Worcester campus with the help of the United Nations Association of Great Boston. This year Clark University won the Outstanding Small Delegation Award at Security Council Simulation at Yale.

In efforts to increase the number of students involved in Model UN, Clark University delegates are willing to provide training assistance materials on Model UN format and parliamentary procedure to all schools interested in attending the conference so that they can become better acquainted with the system, and can perform to their full potential. We hope that your school is able to join us for an amazing experience at our conference this December.


The National Speech and Debate Policy Debate topic for 2016-2017 is Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

Debate information packet:

Yale Fall National Forensic League Invitational - (and Osterweis Parliamentary Style Debate)

The Yale Osterweis Parliamentary Debate - Spring

Check out this site from the NFL:

Mock Trial

Mock Congress

The People Speak

American Legion Oratory Contest

New (2016-17) prepared oration topics are listed on the left of this page under "American Legion Oratory", along with the rules and info.
Assigned Topics for 2017 Oratorical Contest
Amendment 7
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment 10
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Amendment 16
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
Amendment 17
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

Check out this link that explains a bit about the contest and what one contestant is doing now!!!

Check out this past year's winner of $18,000.00. Go to:

Visit here to find out all about the branches of our Government and what they do.

IPPF: International Public Policy Forum Bickel and Brewer Debate

International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) Announcements:
2016-17 Topic:

"Resolved: The obligation to provide safe haven for refugees should outweigh a government’s right to control its borders."

The Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) is the only competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in writtenand oral debates on issues of public policy

About the IPPF
The IPPF was founded by the Bickel & Brewer Foundation in 2001, and is now jointly administered with New York University. The program is available to all high schools around the world - public and private - for free.

The IPPF is endorsed by leading forensic agencies such as the National Forensic League, National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, the International Debate Education Association, the Impact Coalition, ALOUD and the National Debate Coaches Association.

To learn more,