Beehive Bonanza

2017 — Salt Lake City, UT/US



1. The Beehive Bonanza offers NIETOC Bids and SPEECH TOC Bids. Bids in DEBATE EVENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE.

2. Student Congress will be limited to the legislation posted on this page.

3. Students competing in novice policy will be limited to the evidence set available here and to the argument limitations identified here.

4. NOVICE LD: The Beehive Bonanza will utilize the NSDA identified novice LD topic (civil disobedience).

5. POI & INFO: These events will be conducted according to NSDA rules.

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 eighth annual Beehive Bonanza, October 6th and 7th, 2017, 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 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. NOVICE COMPETITION BEGINS ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

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 6. 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.                 

Director of Forensics     

Jason Jordan

Assistant Director of Forensics