2019 John C. Stennis Novice
Dates: 9/27/2019 - 9/28/2019



Box 9629

Mississippi State, MS  39762-9629


Rex G. Buffington, II

Executive Director


Jessica Shappley

Assistant Director for Programs/Tournament Liaison

Scott Waldrop – Tournament Director 



Please consider this your school’s invitation to attend an exciting tournament sponsored by the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, on September 27-28.  The Stennis Center has long been affiliated with the National Forensic League (NFL) and is the sole sponsor of the competition in Congressional Debate at the NFL National Tournament.


In order to foster and promote Forensics in the South, the Stennis Center agreed in 1995 to underwrite the costs of a novice tournament.  Until this year, the only fee charged for competing at the Stennis Novice Speech and Debate Tournament was $1.00 per student.  For this year's tournament, however, there is even more good news: Each school must still furnish enough qualified judges to cover its entries, but there will be NO FEE to compete.


The focus of the tournament will be on getting new students involved with Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Speech Events, and Congressional Debate.  This year's tournament will have the additional feature on Friday afternoon of Workshop sessions in the tournament's Speech Events. 


On the website at www.joyoftournaments.com/ms/stennis/ you will find information about this year's tournament.  All registration will be on this website.  For more information please contact Scott Waldrop at Hattiesburg High School--601.582.8900 (school), 601.520.2583 (cell), or scott.waldrop@hattiesburgpsd.com  for more information.


We invite you to come and be a part of this unique experience on the beautiful campus of Mississippi State University.  We know that your students and your program will benefit from this opportunity to bring together beginning Speech and Debate students.


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