Beehive Bonanza

2015 — UT/US


The 2015 Beehive Bonanza is a qualifying tournament for the following national tournaments:

The National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC)


The Speech Tournament of Champions (hosted by the University of Kentucky)



1. In Novice LD Debate, the Beehive Bonanza will be using the NSDA novice LD topic:Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified. In Open LD, the September/October topic (Resolved: Adolescents ought to have the right to make autonomous medical choices) will be used at the tournament.

2. In PF Debate (both divisions), the September/October topic will be used: Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.

3. In Congress (both divisions), the legislation docket will be comprised of legistation approved by the Utah Debate Coaches Association Congressional Debate Committee. To access that docket, use this link: Click Here


4. In Novice CX Debate, the Beehive Bonanza will make use of a limited argument list and evidence packet produced by the Utah Debate Coaches Association. Both in-state (Utah) and out-of-state schools will be expected to observe these restrictions on argument selection at the tournament. If you are unfamiliar with the UDCA evidence packet, you can access all authorized evidence and arguments by utilizing these links: Google Drive users should click HERE; Dropbox users should click HERE. 


Dear Colleagues,


The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah forensics team) and the Department of Communication cordially invite your team to attend the sixth annual Beehive Bonanza, October 9th and 10th, 2015, on the University of Utah Main Campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tournament will feature Student Congress, all three styles of NSDA debate (policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and public forum), and six IE events (dramatic interp, humorous interp, duo interp, extemp, oratory, and impromptu). We will offer both novice and varsity divisions in all events (provided adequate entries). The Bonanza will also offer three $1000 partial scholarships to top varsity finishers in the tournament in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum (top speaker on the winning team receives a scholarship) and Policy Debate (top speaker on the winning team receives a scholarship) when (and if) they attend the University of Utah and join the John R. Park Debate Society.


NOVICE CLINIC: On Friday afternoon (Oct. 9) during rounds 1 and 2, we will host a free-of-charge novice clinic in PF, CX, and LD debate events. Students will receive basic instruction, starter evidence/cases, and more.


Each year, we work to make the Beehive Bonanza a little better than last year’s tournament.  Please read the invitation carefully to ensure that you are aware of both the particularities of the tournament and the amenities we have added to provide an exceptional tournament experience. And, feel free to contact us with your feedback.


We look forward to seeing you at our judges’ reception on Friday, October 9. If you have any additional questions about the tournament, feel free to email ( or call (801-581-6454) with any questions or comments. From our team to yours, we wish you the best for the competitive season.



Best Wishes,

Michael K. Middleton, Ph.D.               Robyn Moreno

Director of Forensics                           Asst. Director/ High School Outreach


Loretta Rowley                                 Tiffany Dykstra

Asst. Director/ IEs                               Asst. Director/ Debate