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Volunteers needed for the University of Mississippi High School Forensics Tournament on Oct 15-16, 2021.

Dear members of the University of Mississippi community,

The Warren Debate Union at the University of Mississippi is seeking volunteers for the University of Mississippi High School Forensics Tournament on October 15-16, 2021. 

The University of Mississippi debate team has a proud tradition of hosting a tournament for high school students to compete in a variety of debate and speech events. The tournament attracts hundreds of the best and brightest students from around the Southeast region to Oxford for a weekend of competition, education, community, and fun. High school debate and forensics are a prime opportunity for these students to develop public speaking, communication, research, and advocacy skills. The debate team is proud to offer this chance for students to develop these skills and get a glimpse of what campus life is like at the University of Mississippi. 

However, this tournament requires enthusiastic volunteers to run smoothly. Our greatest need is judging. The tournament hosts several formats of debate in addition to more than a dozen forensics events. For each format of competition offered by the tournament, judges are required to evaluate the performances of the students and offer constructive feedback. We kindly invite University of Mississippi students, staff, and faculty to volunteer. 

For more details about this service opportunity, please contact Jacob Justice, the director of the University of Mississippi debate team, at:

The upcoming tournament is a prime opportunity to give back to the community and assist in the administration of an important and educational event. We are flexible and welcome volunteers that can spend part or all of October 15-16 judging rounds at the tournament.

Judging at the high school debate tournament is recognized as valid for fulfilling the service requirement at the University of Mississippi Honors College. 

Prior expertise or background in debate/forensics is NOT required. Judge training programs will be provided to volunteers, and students competing at the tournament benefit from performing in front of judges with a variety of backgrounds.

We are also planning to provide volunteer judges with free food and refreshments during the tournament.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.

Jacob Justice

Debate tournament volunteers should be prepared to:

  • Register an account as a debate/forensics judge at
  • Complete mandatory judge training (likely online, details to come)
  • Complete mandatory “supervision of minors” training (online, details to come)
  • Judge debate and forensics rounds on October 15-16

For more information, see: