View the Official Trailer for The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series:
Prize : $40,000 in scholarships
3-4: $3,500 each
5-8: $2,000 each
9-16: $1,000 each
The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is designed to develop proactive, informed, educated, and conscientious citizens and leaders by creating and hosting a
national series of high school debates. This series is aimed at engaging and informing young people whose first opportunity to participate as voters will take place in the upcoming elections and beyond. This nonpartisan debate series will culminate in a National Championship, hosted on-site at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and will
showcase the talents of top-ranked high school debaters from six diverse regions across the country.
The National Championship itself will promote civic engagement, highlight the legacy of President Reagan as both “The Great Communicator” and a legendary presidential
debater, and spotlight several of the nation’s most promising high school communicators. Engaging in civil discourse around the principles of government is a hallmark of American democracy, and the Reagan Library has frequently served as a venue for civic and political leaders to examine pressing national and world issues since its inception.
On this site you will find curriculum resources that emphasize various civic controversies that can be used to provide students with the opportunity to critically engage important aspects of national service. Resources provided will include a topic outline,
essential readings and videos, and a debate template to allow for equitable
participation. At each of our six national qualifiers, students will compete to earn a slot as one of sixteen participants who will vie to be the winner as the “Ronald Reagan Great Communicator National Champion.”