NM State Speech Debate Championships

2023 — Albuquerque, NM/US

The New Mexico Speech and Debate Association is happy to invite you to the 2023 State Championship held at the University of New Mexico.

When: February 24-25, 2023

Where: University of New Mexico- Albuquerque, NM

Registration Deadline: February 20, 2023 at 5:00pm

Judge Entry Deadline: February 21, 2023 at 5:00pm

Events Offered:

Speech- Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Original Oratory, Program Oral Interpretation, Informative Speaking, International Extemporaneous, United States Extemporaneous

Debate- Lincoln Douglas Debate (Novice and Varsity), Public Forum, Policy (Novice and Varsity)

Debate Topic Areas:

Public Forum

Resolved: In the United States, right-to-work laws do more harm than good.


Resolved: Justice requires open borders for human migration.


Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

Speech Scripts: All scripts must be gathered and entered in Tabroom by February 20.

Interps (HI, DI, Duo):.pdf of full book with sections used highlighted.

POI: bibliography of pieces used.

Public Address (OO, Info): full script of student-written speech with Works Cited Page in MLA format.

Entry fees are $8.00 per single entry, $16.00 per team event (PF, Policy, Duo)

Maximum debate entries in one division per school: 6

Maximum speech entries per event per school: 4

*Students may enter in up to 2 speech events and 1 debate event. Students may not double enter in IX and USX.

A $200 judge bond will be required from each competing school to ensure judging obligations are met. This will be submitted in check form at registration along with other fees, and will be returned to coaches at check-out if not forfeited due to missing a judging obligation. The bond will not be returned if a school misses a judging obligation. A $15 fine will also be added for any subsequent rounds that a judge is missing. (See Judge Obligations/Requirements page)

School Eligibility:

A competing school must be a member of the NMSDA and the NMAA in order to compete at the State Tournament. A school must have paid its annual dues to the treasurer prior to the start of the state tournament in order to compete in the state tournament. A school must have completed the State 2023 Checklist sent out by the NMSDA, please contact Sherri Bulbitz if you did not receive the checklist.

Student Eligibility:

An eligibility list (see NMAA non-athletic handbook) must be sent to the NMSDA President prior to the start of the state tournament as specified in the invitation. This list will include the name of each participating student, and an administrator will sign to affirm that all names on the list are academically eligible to participate.