Eureka hosting debate series

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center is proud to announce a partnership with Eureka College as part of The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series.

The series will award $35,000 in scholarship funds to outstanding high school debate students across the nation.

The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is designed to provide an avenue for high school students across the country to develop their civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions as they research, discuss, and engage in public debate. Rather than follow the traditional school year, the program is designed to align with and leverage the energy of election 2012.

As a result of the partnership, area high schools have the opportunity to host their school debate championships on site at Eureka College, in the very same chapel where, as a Eureka College freshman, future President Ronald Reagan gave his first political speech.

For more information about scheduling a debate at Eureka College, contact assistant professor of communications Amanda Frioli at or 467-6332 by Sept. 7.

Schools will have until Sept. 22 to contact the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in order to ensure their school champion is eligible for the Regional Championship at the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 29.

Regional champions are flown to the National Championship at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Oct. 27 and compete for $35,000 in scholarship awards.

Schools can register for the competition by going to

“President Reagan was known as the ‘Great Communicator’ and as a great debater,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “It is our mission at the Reagan Foundation to help teach and promote these skills to students – our nation’s future leaders.”

For the debate series, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center has also partnered with the USC Trojan Debate Squad, the National Forensic League, and the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues.

“President Ronald Reagan’s legacy reminds us that outstanding leadership requires effective communication,” said J. Scott Wunn, executive director of the National Forensic League.

“The Great Communicator Debate Series will allow our future leaders from all over the United States to showcase their abilities in formulating thoughts and opinions in a meaningful and constructive way. 

No single activity enhances critical thinking, argumentation, research, and communication skills more than debate.”

The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series is designed to align with the final debates of the 2012 presidential election, promote civic engagement, highlight the legacy of President Reagan as both “The Great Communicator” and a legendary presidential debater, and provide a showcase for many of the nation’s most promising high school communicators.

The program is sponsored by The Chapman Hanson Foundation and The S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Foundation.

For complete information on the series, links to resources, and to register your school for the series, visit

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the promotion of the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride.

It sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, and The Air Force One Pavilion.

Located in Simi Valley, California the Library houses 63 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential, and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

It now also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President.