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OBU Seeking Judges for Speech and Debate National Championships June 21-25

June 8, 2016

OBU is seeking volunteers from the OBU community and surrounding communities to help judge the national championships for the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association. The championships will be held June 21-25 on the OBU campus in Shawnee.

In January 2015, OBU hosted the NCFCA regional qualifier tournament on campus and hosted a national competition earlier this year in March. More than 500 students from all over the country will compete in both Lincoln Douglas Value and Team Policy debate, as well as Interpretive, Platform, and Limited Preparation speech events.

The NCFCA is the oldest and most established homeschool forensics league in the country. NCFCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing communications-based competitive activities, such as speech and debate, to homeschooled high schoolers. NCFCA places particular emphasis on excellence in academics and personal integrity as students learn to communicate more effectively.

Volunteers are needed once again to work the event as judges. The OBU community, alumni, and the local community are encouraged to volunteer, spread the word and share with their friends and family about this wonderful opportunity.

The NCFCA is seeking more than 400 willing volunteers from the community. The student competitors rely on the judges' valuable feedback for improvement, growth and encouragement. No experience in either speech or debate is necessary.

Judging each round is a three-hour commitment, which includes a thirty-minute judge orientation. Volunteers may judge as little as one round on one day or as many as several rounds over all three days. Complimentary meals, snacks, and beverages will be provided.

To sign up to volunteer, visit Click on the U.S. map and select the Oklahoma and Texas region in yellow.

For more information or questions contact Cathy Hook, state representative of NCFCA, at