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Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for a speech and debate competition which is expected to bring some 250 middle and high school students to Cleveland this week. This Thursday through …
Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for a speech and debate competition which is expected to bring some 250 middle and high school students to Cleveland this week.
This Thursday through Saturday, the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association will host its next National Open Tournament at Lee University.
Students will be giving prepared speeches in several categories, as well as debates in two categories related to government policy and ethics. Organizers are asking for the community's help in judging how students do.
"For the most part, this is part of these students' educational experiences," said Mead Vest, regional director for the NCFCA. "We want to help prepare them for life beyond high school by letting them practice the skills they need to be successful."
The majority of the students taking part in this speech and debate competition are home-schooled students who are part of local NCFCA clubs. The Cleveland club is the official host of this week's competition.
Julie Lannom, who is involved with the local club, said local students have been busy practicing their speech and debate skills and are looking forward to seeing how they will do.
To volunteer, one must be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate.
No judging experience is necessary, Lannom said. Volunteers will be asked to watch a brief training video, and someone will teach them how to rank the students and submit their ballots.
"The students really value the feedback they get on their communication skills," said Lannom. "We would love to see a good turnout from the community."
Volunteers must sign up to judge specific events. Helping judge a single event requires a time commitment of about three hours. The first events start at 7:30 a.m. each day, and the last ones start at 7:15 p.m.
Volunteers are invited to sign up for multiple events, and they will be provided with free meals and snacks throughout the day.
Registration can be done online at www.NCFCAjudges.com or by calling 423-595-6159.
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