We are very proud to be a site to host this years US National Debate Team tryouts. Any registered WDI student can try out for free.


Claremont McKenna College, through its Claremont Colleges Debate Union (CCDU) and high school debate outreach program – the High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) – has been selected by the World Schools Debating Council as the official US representative to recruit, select, and train students for its international debate competitions.

John Meany is the Director of the Debate Union. Among other Debate Union educational outreach initiatives, he administers the Debate Union’s Public Debate Program, a comprehensive effort promoting national and international class and contest debating for secondary schools. The Public Debate Program is the largest and fastest growing debate outreach network in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It now operates in 40 states and 20 countries.

The Public Debate Program includes the international US – World Schools Debating Championship (USWSDC) program, the High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP), and the Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP). John Meany is the US representative on the World Schools Debating Council. Kate Shuster, the Co-Executive Director of the Middle School Public Debate Program, also assists administration of the USWSDC program, including conducting auditions, selecting Team USA participants, coordinating participation for international events, and coaching the teams. Meany and Shuster

Auditions for Team USA – 2011-2012 Participation

Students from throughout the US are welcome to audition for international debate teams. The first team qualifies to participate at the 2012 WSDC Championship, to be held in Capetown, South Africa. Additional teams are eligible to attend regional and individual country tournaments.

Feel free to contact WDI board member Kate Shuster for details kate.shuster@gmail.com

For more information about the US national team and tryouts see: http://uswsdc.org/auditions/