The Media Is Welcome at NITOC!
On Stage at Focus on the Family: 599 speakers and debaters will be competing June 4-9
Are you a member of the media? The National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC) is a major event that you may want to include in your communications medium. Contact Kurt Leander by email or phone at (719) 531-3362 for information or requests for interviews.
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY HOSTS LARGEST HOME-SCHOOL SPEECH & DEBATE TOURNAMENT
Colorado Springs, Colo., May 29, 2012 – Academic speech and debate has been a favorite home-school activity since 1996. It has grown so popular among home educators that this year's final competition taking place June 5-9 at Focus on the Family has become the largest tournament in its 16 year history.
Families from 26 states will gather for a week of competition at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC), the last tournament of the school year. Stoa, a California-based organization that runs the tournament, consists of 1,100 families and nearly 2,000 students.
"We describe ourselves as a Christian home-school speech and debate organization," says Scott York, Stoa's president. "We write the rules and set the boundaries for competition. Smaller tournaments are run throughout the year, all leading to the grand finale, NITOC."
Students compete in 11 speech events and two types of debate. The speech events include categories of literature interpretation, oratory, and impromptu. One format of debate, Team-Policy, consists of two-person teams arguing policy topics. The second is a value-based, one-on-one format called Lincoln-Douglas, named after the famous 19th century debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.
Chris Jeub, a resident of Monument and the superintendent of the tournament, believes forensics is the best form of education. "I see speech and debate as anything but 'extra' curricular," Jeub says. "All students should be masters at thinking and speaking."
The tournament will hold 599 students, many competing in more than one event. Students were invited based on their success in at least two earlier competitions. The requirement needed to receive a speech invitation included placing in the top 40 percent; a winning record was required for an invitation in debate.
The entire campus of Focus on the Family will be used during the week, even during their working hours. Over 1,000 volunteers are signed up to judge rounds, but Jeub says more are needed. "Not much is more entertaining than judging these fine young people, and we could really use the help."
The event is open to the community, and anyone that is at least 18 years old and a high-school graduate is welcome to judge. No previous judging experience is required and training is provided at the tournament. Potential judges and community members are encouraged to visit the tournament website, http://nitoc2012.homeschooldebate.net, for more information.
ABOUT STOA USA
Stoa USA is a national competitive Christian home-school speech and debate league with nearly two thousand students across the country. To find out more about Stoa speech and debate, visit http://www.StoaUSA.org.
Filming and Interviewing Requests
All media must check in at the front desk of the Administration Building of Focus on the Family to receive security clearance for filming. NITOC staff will be available to orientate media for best places to interview and film.
There are several opportunities to interview students and families between rounds. Special permission to film students in competition can be sought by contacting Kurt Leander to make proper arrangements. Understand that the students are in national competition, so media is not allowed to film competitive rounds without prior approval from Mr. Leander.
Tournament Name: The National Invitational Tournament of Champions
Tournament Superintendent: Chris Jeub
Tournament Director: Dr. Chris Leland
Organization's name and website: Stoa www.StoaUSA.org
Organization's President: Scott York
Mr. Jeub, Dr. Leland, and Mr. York will all be in Colorado Springs at the tournament during the week.
You may download and use this NITOC art piece for your media purposes:
Understanding the Events and Rounds
Please review the detailed schedule. The debates are team-policy and Lincoln-Douglas formats. There are 11 speech categories split into two flights (A and B), the specific types of speeches to be listed by May 24. Students will congregate on the back lawn of Focus on the Family and in the Chapelteria throughout the tournament. Major events outside competition are:
- Stoa University and Check-in on Monday
- The Thursday Night Social, yet to be determined location
- The Award Ceremony, New Life Church, Saturday evening
VIPs on Campus
This year's NITOC will feature several ministry founders, authors and professional speakers, civil servants and community leaders as volunteer judges through the week. The following is a growing list of people who have indirectly touched the lives of the homeschool speech and debate community. This is a growing list till NITOC:
- Branden Borremans • Meteorologist • KKTV
- Clay & Sally Clarkson • Authors of Whole Heart Resources • Whole Heart Ministries
- Jim Daly • President • Focus on the Family
- Travis Eastman • Mayor of Monument • Monument Board of Trustees
- John Fuller • Cohost of Focus on the Family Broadcast • Vice President, Focus on the Family
- Timothy Goeglein • An Inside Account of Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era • The Man in the Mirror
- Treon Goossen • Home Education Legislative Liaison • ParentalRights.org
- Bernie Herpin • Colorado Springs City Council Member District 4 • Herpins.com
- Owen Hill • Candidate for Senate District 10 • OwenHill.org
- Chris & Wendy Jeub • Authors of Love in the House • JeubFamily.com
- Tom Khazoyan • Cross-Cultural Storytellers • www.10xproductions.org
- Paul McCusker • Director of Creative Content • Focus on the Family
- Matt Meister • Meteorologist • KRDO
- Mark Mittelberg • Apologetics Author and Speaker • TheQuestionsWithAnswers.com
- Tom Minnery • Senior VP of Government and Public Policy • CitizenLink
- Dr. Jeff Myers • President and Speaker • Summit Ministries
- Wade Myers • Equipping Christian Entrepreneurs • New Venture Lab
- Mary Perez • Director of College Planning • College Pathways
- Dusty Rhodes • Sr. Vice President • WAY-FM
- Dave Schultheis • 9th District Colorado Representative, Retired • DaveSchultheis.com
- David Simpich • Master Puppeteer • Simpich Showcase Marionette Theater
- Bob Smithouser • Senior Editor for Plugged In • Plugged In
- Glenn Stanton • Director of Family Formation Studies • Focus on the Family
- Sara Taylor • Radio Personality • Q102.7 FM KBIQ
- Jeff Vankooten • Business Coach and Public Speaker • Jeffvankooten.com
- Bob Waliszewski • Director of Plugged In • Focus on the Family
NITOC will have vendor booths and program ads from organizations that likewise serve the community of homeschool speakers and debaters. This is also a growing list:
- 10x Productions
- Association of Christian Schools International
- California Right to Life
- Christian Home Educators of Colorado
- Colorado Christian University
- Compassion International
- Economic Thinking
- The Great Debate
- Homegrown Programmers
- In His Hands Photography
- Jeub Family Products
- Ken Davis & Michael Hyatt SCORRE Conference
- Monument Publishing
- Patrick Henry College
- Poverty Cure
- Summit Ministries
- Training Minds Ministry
- WAY-FM Radio
The latest NITOC announcements will be made in the following social media:
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/stoausa
- Twitter: using the #nitoc12 hashtag or by following @chrisjeub