• Formal debate competitions exist in two formats: LD (Lincoln-Douglas) and CX (Cross Examination).  A brief overview of each is as follows:
    Lincoln-Douglas Debate:
    Also known as "values debate," LD provides an opportunity for debaters to practice formal speaking and argumentation in a one-on-one format.  The topic for the Spring competition season is as follows:

    Spring 2016 LD Debate Topic

    RESOLVED: In the United States, wealth inequality is detrimental to democratic ideals.

    This UIL LD Debate topic will be debated from January to May 2016.

    Cross Examination Debate:
    As opposed to LD debating, CX provides an opportunity for debaters to work in pairs and to compete against teams from other schools.  Instead of debating philosophy or values, CX emphasizes policy discussions of practical politics.  The fall CX topic is:

    2015-2016 Debate Topic

    Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.