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" April 2015 "

Stoa to Host National Speech and Debate Tournament at Bob Jones University

StoaGREENVILLE, S.C. (April 15, 2015) – Stoa, a national speech and debate organization for Christian homeschooling families, will host a National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC) at Bob Jones University May 16-23. During the week-long competition, over 650 students from across the country will contend for top spots in three types of debate and 12 speech event categories.

Stoa president Van Schalin stated, “To attend NITOC and see the professional demeanor and professional speaking and debating of hundreds of young people is to have hope for America’s future.”

For the Greenville event, over 800 community judges are needed. Previous experience is not required as training will be provided before each competition round. Volunteers interested in judging one or more rounds may register via the judge registration link at www.stoausa.org

Organizations that require community service hours for its members will find this opportunity an excellent venue to fulfill those requirements. Volunteers determine the amount of time they want to devote to the event.

Stoa began over six years ago hosting a half dozen tournaments a year in California and now has over 90 tournaments throughout the nation. Students from 30 states, as well as from Canada and Indonesia, participate in the league.

Previous national tournaments have been held in San Diego, California, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Stoa hopes to grow its membership by expanding eastward to Greenville, South Carolina.