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Niles West Debate to Host Prestigious Tournament of Champions Contest

After a stellar year of competition, the Niles West Debate Team learned that it had accomplished yet another one of its goals. The September 2012 Niles Township Invitational Speech Contest, hosted by Niles West and Niles North, has been classified as a finals Tournament of Champions (TOC) bid.

The University of Kentucky presents the national championship policy debate tournament every April. In order to qualify for this elite championship, teams across the country must receive two TOC bids. A bid is awarded on how far a team progresses at prestigious national tournaments.

Niles West Head Debate Coach Eric Oddo explained, “The Niles Township Invitational will now attract schools from across the nation to compete at a chance to get to the championship round and receive a TOC bid. This is a testament as to how far the Niles West and Niles North debate programs have come in such a short amount of time. Additionally, it shows how strong the Chicagoland debate circuit is.”

For more information on Niles West Debate or the TOC, please contact Eric Oddo at (847) 626-2870. The Niles Township Invitational will be held on September 14 through 16.

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