• The Debate Club will have their first informational meeting on Wednesday, September 27 at 3:30 in T-2.  Listen for the morning announcements, check back here, and watch the monitors located throughout the school for more information.  

    Horizon Debate Advisor: Jannelle Combs and co-advisor Mrs. Lund (room T-2)


    Nov 18-Fargo

    Dec 2-Grand Forks Dec 8 to 9-Fargo Dec 16-West Fargo CHANGE TOPIC

    Jan 5 to 6- Fargo Jan 13-Fargo Jan 20-Bismarck Jan 27-Fargo

    Feb 3 (State debate) Davies High School, Fargo

    Practices: Mondays and Wednesdays after school in room T-2 (Ms Lund) starting Monday October 2nd and ending January 31st if we have qualifiers for State. You can also practice with the rest of BPS online Mondays and Tuesdays and in person at Century on Thursdays. Students can start at any time. No practice October 18, November 20 and 22, December 21-January 1 (practice over break as scheduled), January 15

    The season has two different topics (one for November/December and another for January/February). 6th graders will be encouraged to time rounds at the Bismarck tournament.

    Public Forum debate is a two-person team debate while Lincoln Douglas debate is an individual activity. You will learn how to research, evaluate sources, structure arguments, improve speaking skills and to think on your feet. It is a great activity for anyone who wants to improve their skills in speaking, writing and research that are critical to success in school now, high school, college and jobs-no matter what area of work you want to do.

    Horizon Debate Advisor: Jannelle Combs (jannellesteger@hotmail.com) and cell is (701) 306-0039 Horizon Assistant Ms Lund (damian_lund@bismarckschools.org)

    BPS Debate Coach: Jake Thomas jake_thomas@bismarckschools.org (701) 204-3466


    Students can start with either topic. And students do not have to compete at every tournament. The more tournaments tend to provide the best feedback and improvement in skill, but even one tournament can help a student learn to research, write, speak, think on their feet and use logic to advocate for their side. All of these skills are ones needed in college and life.