Help EKHS Go to the TOC and NDCA!

Help Us Go to the Tournament of Champions!
We are members of the East Kentwood High School Speech and Debate Team. We are a dedicated group of high school students and coaches committed to our community and social change through meaningful speech and advocacy. We are asking for you to invest in us to support our journey to the Tournament of Champions (think World Series!)

We are extremely excited to announce that we are the first team in East Kentwood’s history to fully qualify for the Tournament of Champions - the national finals competition for varsity policy debate at the University of Kentucky beginning April 29, 2016.
We are only one of a few schools in Michigan to ever qualify for this tournament. Now we need your help. We need your investment in us to finish our season, compete well, and represent Michigan at this prestigious competition.  

It has been a great school year and debate season for us. We have been very grateful and fortunate to have had generous support for the first half of our year.  With such support, we have been able to achieve a great deal including:
Success Nationally and Regionally
-East Kentwood won Blake! This is a prestigious national tournament and for the first time in history, a team from Michigan won! Plus, East Kentwood earned its third bid at this tournament.
-Wake Forest - Two varsity teams competed. One team finished in the semi-finals earning a bid to the Tournament of Champions and the other younger team had a positive record. 
-Invitations to the Outstanding Oklahoma and UC Berkeley/College Prep Round Robins
-Varsity has done well at both the New Trier, University of Michigan, and the Glenbrooks Tournaments
-At New Trier the Varsity debating to the Quarter Final Round receiving a bid to the tournament of Champions and also earned a 10th place speaker award
-Currently ranked 7th in the whole country!
Success in Michigan
-Varsity won the Wayne State Debate Tournament and earned 6th and 1st Place Speaker Awards
-Two teams cleared in the Open Division at the Michigan State Debate Tournament
-Varsity wins the MichiganState Debate Tournament completing prelims and elims 14-0!
-Junior Varsity advancing to the SemiFinals at the Wayne State Tournament
-Novices competing at several tournaments and winning debates
-At the University of Michigan our students earned the 6th and 9th place speaker awards out of 300 of the top varsity debaters in the country
Success Locally - Building Communities
-Sponsors of the local Debate Day - a community event to share and grow competitive debate in West Michigan
-Members and facilitators ofthe local Metro Debate  League
-Participants at local debating events

Now We Hope You Will Invest In Us
We have been very grateful to have had support, volunteers, and donations for the first half of our year. At this point, however, our season will stop without additional funding. The East Kentwood Debate Team has the opportunity to compete at two additional elite tournaments.  As the 5th ranked team in the country, East Kentwood has been invited to compete at the National Debate Coaches Association tournament beginning April 8 in Orlando, Florida. Moreover, for the first time in East Kentwood’s history, the team qualified for the Tournament of Champions. East Kentwood is one of very few schools in Michigan to ever qualify for this tournament. The TOC begins April 29 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Fees for Tournament Participation:  We expect the NDCA to cost $5,700 or $1,425 per student (four students). This cost includes airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, and associated competition fees. We expect the TOC to cost $5,910 or $985 per student (six students). This cost includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, and associated competition fees. Any monies raised beyond this amount will be used to help fund future debaters including summer debate institute and competition fees. Tax deductible checks may be made out to East Kentwood High School - please ensure ‘debate’ is indicated on the memo line.

Why Debate andEast Kentwood Debate Matters
Please hear directly from Michael and Abbie - the competitors who hope to attend the TOC. As we all know, it is a whole team effort. We have an amazing team with more varsity, junior-varsity, and novice members.

Our Gratitude.
We appreciate your support of our team and rigorous academic pursuits. We are proud to represent East Kentwood and Michigan.  All financial donors will receive public recognition through social media. We also wish to recognize your contribution by printing your business  or personal name on our team t-shirts.  

Thank you for supporting the East Kentwood Debate Team in their journey to the Tournament of Champions.  Our community of students, teachers, coaches, parents, and volunteers appreciates your contribution to the success of this amazing team and preparing the next generation of scholars and leaders.

Please leave your address for us in the payment page.

Thank you!

Please know you can mail a check to the high school with all donations . Checks can be made out to Kentwood Public Schools/EKHS. Please make sure DEBATE is listed in the memo section. Feel free to drop us a line so we know it is coming. 
Mail address: 
6230 Kalamazoo Ave; 
Kentwood, MI 49508


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