2017 Eastern Ohio NSDA Congress District Congress Tournament
Dates: 3/25/2017
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2017 Eastern Ohio National Speech & Debate Association District Congressional Debate




The Eastern Ohio NSDA District Congress will be held at Our Lady of the Elms HS on Saturday, March 25, 2017!

REGISTRATION will begin at 7:30 am at Our Lady of the Elms High School.

Please send Congresspersons!!! 

Eastern Ohio NSDA has qualified 2 Senators and 4 Representatives to the National Congress for the last several years.  Let's keep that tradition going!


The EONSDA District traditionally supports the Food Drive at Our Lady of the Elms, which benefits the Akron/Canton Food Bank.  The District Committee asks each school to contribute to this worthy service project by bringing at least two (2) non-perishable food items or $2.00 per contestant.  Be imaginative!  Perhaps you can involve your entire team as we demonstrate our care for our neighbors who need help! 



We will use the Joy of Tournaments website for registration:

You will find the “Green” Congress Registration Form on JoT.  Once you register your team, you may download a pre-populated registration form directly from the [Entries] page of the website -- no need to fill in the names.  If you have green paper – that will satisfy my slight case of OCD!  In the event that you are green paper deficient, white or whatever will do!

The registration forms must be sent to the National Office – make ‘em right!  Principal and student signatures are no longer required!

ALL students must be on record at the NSDA by Friday, March 17, 2017 by 6:00 p.m. EDST.

Registration will close at 8:00 am on Saturday, March 18. 

ALL schools – Charter, Provisional and Member – may seat Congresspersons by memberships and degrees.  The JoT website will tell you how many students you may enter.

Send your scenarios to Nick at bollasn@plainlocal.org.  We must have names and scenarios of contestants by Saturday, March 18!  I will accept the "official registration" at The Elms on Saturday, March 25.

SCANNED REGISTRATION MAY BE E-MAILED TO:    bollasn@plainlocal.org

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT SINGLE ENTRY LETTER OF INTENT (SELI): You will find this form on the JoT or NFL website!

The Single Entry Letter of Intent must be completed by any Student Congress competitor who has qualified in a solo event to the National Tournament.  For example:

The Letter of Intent must accompany your registration.


We are securing independent judges, if you have knowledge of any other independent judges, please forward me the information.  School judges will be used in the non-qualifying House, if needed. 

FEES:  $ 10.00 per qualifying student.  Eastern Ohio NSDA will provide an invoice.

SENATE:  We plan on having a Senate that will qualify two (2) Senators to the National Student Congress. We must have at least eight (8) schools participate in the Senate to be a valid Senate.  If the Senate gets too large, we will split it into two (2) qualifying Senates.  We have not done this in the past, but it is an option should numbers dictate.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:  We will probably have four (4) Houses of Representatives, each qualifying one (1) Representative to the National Student Congress.  I am confident that we will have the 91+ Representatives needed for a fourth House. 

If you have multiple entries in the House of Representatives, you may group your Representatives as you wish.  Your groupings must be evenly balanced between House Chambers.  The groupings will be randomly drawn for seating in a House.  Fill out all 3 scenarios!  Once a student has been registered in a chamber s/he may not be changed to another chamber.  If there is a drop, it must be filled by an alternate!


Traditionally, we will have a non-qualifying House for students who want to be at Congress but exceed a school’s entry slots.  We need volunteers to run the NQ House. You must register non-qualifying Congresspersons with Nick Bollas.  There is no place on the EONSDA registration for NQ House registration.

Kindly meet the deadlines!  Have all registration appropriately signed.  Group your Congresspersons by the scenarios on the NSDA registration form.  Contribute to the Akron/Canton Food Bank!  We will have another GREAT EONSDA District Congress at Our Lady of the Elms High School!

Be well!

Nick, John, Penny, Trish & Tom



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