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NITOC 2014

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11:36 (NASB®)

Stoa is a national High School and Junior High Speech and Debate organization serving the needs of privately educated, Christian Homeschooling families. Stoa exists to train Christian homeschooled youth in speech and debate to better communicate a Biblical world view. Stoa offers a National Invitational Tournament of Champions, inviting students from across the United States to perform, speak and debate. Some of the most exciting developments in Christian homeschool forensics are unfolding in Stoa.
NITOC 2014 Awards Ceremony 

The grand finale for Christian homeschool speakers and debaters!
Invitations are extended to students whose tournament results are posted on the National Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate Rankings website. These invitations are extended regardless of league affiliation, making the Stoa NITOC a true, league-independent, National Championship!

NITOC 2014 was the largest Christian homeschool speech and debate tournament in history. Students from all five Christian homeschool organizations/leagues participated in this grand event. Approximately 5000 speeches were presented during the course of the tournament! Over 330 debate teams competed 1500 debates in Lincoln Douglas, Team Policy and Parliamentary Debate! NITOC 2014 is a testament to the Lord's gracious provision in the lives of the 630 students and 500 families in attendance. Wildfires in the North County of San Diego forced the closure of the California State University San Marcos campus 36 hours before the tournament opened. Two different churches in Carlsbad were used as check in locations. The tournament was moved 3 times in the first four days. Competition began at the Stoa at Point Loma Nazarene University overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  On day two, the tournament moved to the Town and Country Hotel in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. Day four saw the tournament move to San Diego State University. The awards were held in the park-like Kit Carson Amphitheater in Escondido. God was magnified and glorified in all aspects of His miraculous provision for NITOC 2014.
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The National Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate Rankings Website

    A national database is grabbing the attention of students and coaches nationwide: SpeechRanks.com. Speechranks is a gift from Stoa to the Christian homeschool forensics community. The website is available to host events from all five Christian homeschool speech and debate organizations/leagues in the country. The site has been created to fairly compare and rank students from around the nation. 
    Now in its fifth season, SpeechRanks has tallied results from 635 tournaments, thousands of students, and has more than 3.1 million pageviews!

News and Announcements

  • Stoa Registration for 2014-2015 is Open! Registration for the Stoa 2014-2015 speech and debate season is open!Registration for LexisNexis is also open. (Stoa Registration required)
    Posted Sep 1, 2014, 4:05 AM by Van Schalin
  • Speech Ballots, Rules, Supporting Documents and Executive SummaryPosted The Individual Events Committee has been hard at work for months integrating member feedback and coaching wisdom into the speech rules for the 2014-2015 season. The updated ballots, rules ...
    Posted Sep 1, 2014, 3:58 AM by Van Schalin
  • Updated Debate Ballots Posted Debate ballots for the 2014-2015 season have been posted to the Debate Events main page and to each of the specific debate type subpages. This includes ballots for both ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2014, 4:36 PM by Van Schalin
  • Debate Rules, Executive Summary, and Evidence Standards for 2014-15 Posted The Debate Committee has been hard at work for months integrating member feedback and coaching wisdom into the debate rules for the 2014-2015 season. The updated rules, the Executive ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2014, 5:20 PM by Van Schalin
  • Recommendations for LD Value Debate MEMORANDUM   Date:          June 8, 2014 To:             Stoa Membership From:         Stoa Board of Directors Subject:      Guidance on the Preparation for and Use of the 2014-15 Lincoln Douglas Value Debate Resolutions ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2014, 10:18 AM by Van Schalin
  • 5/27/14 Spring 2014 Member Vote Results Thank you to Stoa members for voting in record numbers this year - over 50% of member families voted.Click here to see the results.
    Posted May 27, 2014, 3:42 PM by Van Schalin
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Tournament News

  • IN - iPraise iParli Championship Registration is Open Registration for the April iPraise iParli Championship in Crawfordsville, IN is open.Call Indiana Praise Coach, Mrs. Marilyn Rowlett to register: 317-847-6802
    Posted Apr 17, 2014, 6:31 AM by Van Schalin
  • IL - Parli Party Registration is Open Registration is open for the April Parli Party in Palos Heights, IL.Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aI3WdutO126lPZgdzZQ3exosH28rBVP1W51yvuYoQi4/viewform 
    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 8:26 PM by Van Schalin
  • TN - Stoa IP National Championship (also offering IE, LD, TP) Registration Opens March 28 Registration for the Stoa Individual Policy Debate National Championship opens March 28. The tournament will also provide all Stoa Speech Events as well as LD and TP. Register at https ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2014, 11:17 PM by Van Schalin
  • TX - Corpus Christi Curtain Call Registration Opens March 21 Registration for the April Corpus Christi Curtain Call in Corpus Christi, TX opens March 21.Register at https://cccurtaincall.homeschooldebate.net/
    Posted Mar 20, 2014, 6:15 PM by Van Schalin
  • FL - Hurricane Spring Challenge Registration is Open Registration for the April Hurricane Spring Challenge in Tampa, FL is open.Register at https://hurricanechallenge.homeschooldebate.net
    Posted Mar 17, 2014, 11:50 AM by Van Schalin
  • CA - Heart of the Valley Registration Opens March 18 Registration for the April Heart of the Valley in Modesto, CA opens March 18Register at https://modesto10.homeschooldebate.net
    Posted Mar 13, 2014, 8:50 PM by Van Schalin
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