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Wisconsin CHEA has supported formal debate since its beginning in 1997. Michael Farris along with his daughter Christy (Farris) Shipe pioneered the first National Homeschool Debate Tournament.

Since that time, debate has grown tremendously around the country. Interest in speech and other forensic events began among homeschoolers, which led to the formation of the National Christian Forensics & Communications Association (NCFCA). The first Wisconsin Individual Events (Speech) Qualifying Tournament was held in April 2004. In 2006 Wisconsin began combining Speech and Debate into one tournament.

Christy Shipe and various homeschool parents from around the country serve on the board of directors. In the NCFCA league, homeschoolers can participate in any number of tournaments within the region (WI, IL, IN, MI, KY), or a variety of Open Tournaments held in various states around the county.

For more information about NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association), visit their website at: www.ncfca.org



The vision of Wisconsin CHEA Debate is:

to encourage homeschooled students from around the state to learn the art of rhetoric and apply it to their daily life; that all students would be able to articulate their thoughts and ideas in a logical, persuasive and concise manner based on their knowledge;

that the students would be able to use argumentation skills in a positive manner without anger, when someone disagrees with them;

that the students would be able to share their faith and defend their faith and their convictions when the situation arises.

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ."
1Peter 2:15-16



Annually Wisconsin hosts a combined Speech and Debate Qualifying Tournament for homeschooled students ranging in age from twelve to eighteen. The NCFCA league has grown considerably over the years. To accommodate the growth NCFCA has incorporated a Regional Model. Competitors now participate in Regional Qualifying tournaments hosted in various states within the region. Once participants qualify at the regional level they advance to a National Qualifying Tournament. The top competitors at that tournament advance to the National tournament. In 2007 the location of the national tournament is University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas

                     CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR

There are two types of Debate in the league:
Team Policy Debate (a team of two debaters);
Lincoln Douglas Value Debate (one individual).

                            Team Debate
The 2006-2007 team debate resolution is:
Resolved: That the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should be significantly reformed or abolished.

                   Lincoln Douglas Debate (LD)
The 2006-2007 LD debate resolution is:
Resolved: Democracy is overvalued by the United States government.

In both styles of debate the affirmative team will attempt to convince the judges that the resolution should be affirmed. The negative team will support the status quo or will provide minor changes or a counter plan.


There are a variety of speech categories for students to choose from for competition purposes in teh NCFCA League. Within the league these speeches are referred to as IE's (Individual Events). For the competitors who want to write their own speech, there are the platform speeches of: 
Original Oratory

For students who want to learn the art of thinking on their feet, there are the limited preparation speeches of:
Impromptu Speaking
Extemporaneous Speaking

For those that want to breathe life into literature, by making it come alive for their audience, there are the interpretive speeches of:
Dramatic Interp
Humorous Interp
Duo (duet) Interp
Open Interp

Wild Card speeches change each year.

By a vote of affiliate competitors, the 2007 event is:
Thematic Interpretation

Prior years Wild Card events were:
2005: Oratorical Interpretation
2004: Impromptu Apologetics
2003: Duo (duet) Impromptu

For more information about NCFCA Individual Events, visit their website at: www.ncfca.org


Christian Communicators of Wisconsin (CCoW) was established to connect the competitors around the state with each other and to encourage one another by providing updates of the most current information regarding workshops, conferences, practice tournaments, qualifying tournaments, club meetings, etc. Feel free to visit the site at: www.homeschool-life.com/wi/ccow

Should you have questions regarding any aspect of
NCFCA speech and/or debate, or to become a member of CCoW please contact:
Bev at: rhengemuhle@wi.rr.com or 262-681-1242



Fox Cities:
Contact: Tracy at jeveretts@sbcglobal.net

Madison Area:
Light House Speech and Debate Club
Contact: Vicki at vast7@charter.net or 608-834-8312

Oak Creek/Milwaukee Area:
Salt & Light Speech and Debate Club
Contact: Heather at heatherusty@myfamily.org
or Maura at jael@ezekielsystems.com

Oxford Area/Central Wisconsin:
IMPACT Speech and Debate Club
Contact: Valori at speakersclub@maqs.net

Racine/Kenosha Area:
Beacon of Light Speech and Debate Club
Contact: Jan at kwahlen@wi.rr.com

Richland Center Area Home School Speech Club:
Contact: Cassy at cobratoe@charter.net

Watertown Area:
Watertown Area Communicators for Christ
Contact: Linda at l3henkel@sbcglobal.net

Wausau Area:
The Luminaries Speech and Debate Club
Contact: Cindy at beaty8@airrun.net

If you would like your club listed for contact purposes,
please contact Bev at rhengemuhle@wi.rr.com 

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Last updated
5/30/2007 11:43 AM