IASAS Debate and Forensics 2015 @ISM– Volunteers needed!

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This year ISM will host the Debate and Forensics section of the IASAS Cultural Convention for HS students. This is an exciting event that involves far more than just the 108 HS students competing. There are three major responsibilities a host must fufil that draws together all memebers of the ISM community: finding housing for the 90 visitors,  providing the 60 judges for the five different events and running the judging room.


If you could house 2 or more students for 4 nights starting Wednesday, March 4th please fill out the form attached below and return it to the Fine Arts Office. Full details are on the form attached: IASAS Debate and Forensics Housing Form


We already have ES, MS and HS teachers signed up to help with judging but we still need a few more volunteers. ISM staff and ISM adult family members can also be judges. You do not have to have experience for most of these events, just an interest in listening, thinking and being entertained. You also need to be available for the dates below:

  • Feb 19th– Attend a 1 hour training session with Forensics judging or a 2 hour training session for Debate judging.
  • March 5th and/ or 6th be available for judging during the day (time slots fall between 7.30am and 5pm)
  • Some people may also be needed for Saturday, March 7th but this is no essential.

There are 4 events that make up the Forensics Speaking section of the event. In the preliminary rounds there are 3 judges on each panel. During the finals this increases to 5. Training will take an hour on Feb 19th:

  • Extemporaneous Speaking (for those who keep abreast of world affairs and enjoy putting the world to rights): Students collect information on a variety of topical issues/ news events prior to convention. At the convention, they are given a topic and half an hour to prepare a speech.
  • Impromptu Speaking (for those who appreciate unpredictable viewpoints and the ability to think on one’s feet): Students are given a prompt and have one minute to prepare a speech.
  • Oral Interpretation (for those who enjoy the art of compelling storytelling): Students select an extract from a text before the convention and use the magic of their performance voice to convey the story in a compelling manner.
  • Original Oratory (for those who appreciate the true power of a well-crafted speech): Students write an original speech on any topic of their choosing before the start of the convention.

There are two debate teams brought from each school. In the preliminary rounds, adjudicaters judge solo. For this reason, we would prefer voluteers who have at least some public speaking or debating experience. Training for this event would take place from 11am to 1.30pm on Feb 19th:

  • Debating (for those who appreciate the joys of verbal jousting): Two teams of three debate each other. There is a moot (topic), which one team will be for and the other against.

If you are available to be trained and judge on the required days, please fill out this Google Form: IASAS Debate and Forensics Judging sign up

Judging Room Volunteers

If judging is not something you would enjoy but you still have time to spare, we also need people to run the judges’ room. This involves the admin side of running the tournament—adding up results, making sure the right paperwork makes it to the right competition rooms, making sure that any issues with set up are solved etc. If you think you could spare a day or more to support this element of the event, please sign up on the Google form: IASAS Debate and Forensics Judging Room Volunteer sign up

In the week prior to the competition, I would try to meet with you to run over the paperwork you would be dealing with. An ISM staff member will head up the judges’ room.

Thanks in advance for your support! If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to email me on HillmanM@ismanila.org