The Mississippi State Speech & Debate Council
The Third Annual
-IN PARTNERSHIP WITH-
The John C. Stennis Center for Public Service
Greetings from the MSU Speech & Debate Council! It is once again our pleasure to invite you to the Cowbell Classic on the campus of Mississippi State University on March 1st and 2nd, 2019. We hope you and your squad will consider joining us for a great weekend of competition.
This year's Classic will once again be a bid tournament to the 2018 National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC). So for those of you seeking qualifying legs, come on down (or up, or over) and enjoy our hospitality.
We also are delighted that the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service will once again be partnering with the Council in presenting this year’s tournament. The Stennis Center is nationally renowned for its support of student congress, and will again be providing top-notch legislation for both prelims and finals on a wide array of issues.
We will follow the standard MHSAA tournament format, with Student Congress being held on Friday alongside other debate prelims. This allows all debaters --including congressional debaters-- to enter up to three individual events on Saturday, while still participating in debate elimination rounds. Please note that MHSAA rule changes concerning the use of internet-connected devices in extemp and debate will be in force this year and are linked on the Event Rules page.
Finally, thanks again to the generous support of the Stennis Center, we will once again offer top notch awards, including speaker awards for all debate events, top three sweeps awards in debate and overall divisions, and actual cowbells for our top three overall individual performers.
So please join us in March for a weekend of fun, learning, and great competition. Hail State!
The MSU Speech & Debate Council