Debate Club

South Davidson Debate Club SDHS Debate Club

The South Davidson Debate Club meets on Wednesday afternoons in Room 213.  Please listen to announcements to know dates for club meetings.


The SDHS Debate Club has attended 11+ Model United Nations, Model Congress, and Legislative simulations during the past 4 years. These have included programs at Appalachian State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, Youth Legislative Assembly, and even the Harvard Model Congress.  Members take GREAT pride that they created this club and expanded into other schools.  It started in Spring, 2011 with 3 SDHS students who had a passion for politics and how includes several college sponsored competitions per year and also events hosted by South Davidson Debate Club within Davidson County.

 

Topics for upcoming meetings: Human Trafficking- Christina- October 29 Food Security- Wyatt- October 29 Appalachian State University Model UN- November 12-13- Permission forms due to Ms. Paul by November 3. Cost is $20!!!


Davidson County Model Congress- Oct 16, 2014!!!!

The club is in the process of organizing the Davidson County Model Congress.  In March, 2014, we hosted the very successful Davidson County Model United Nations conference at Davidson County Community College.  Club leadership wishes to broaden the opportunity for debate activities within the county and will be hosting the Davidson County Model Congress on October 16, 2014.  Students from across Davidson County will be serving as Committee Co-Chairs.  Cost is $10.  This includes attendance at conference and all materials.  Delegates will need to bring money to purchase lunch at the StormCellar or bring a bag lunch.

Transportation Update- if you are coming from a school with more than 9 participants, each school will need to provide bus transportation.  If 9 or less attending, students/parents can provide own transportation and student must complete paperwork attached to application.

The Davidson County Model Congress will consist of 5 committees of 20 students.  Only 100 students from across the county will be allowed to attend. The committees for this conference are Education, Civil Rights, Science and Technology, Environment, and Substance Abuse.  Each of these committees will develop and debate a bill on one of these areas.  The final committee bill will be presented to the whole Congress as students lobby and debate to secure votes to help their bill pass into law.

Bill topics for the conference this year are (click on bill title to see bill): Education- An Act to Streamline and Separate Standardized Testing for Middle and High School Students in North Carolina

 

Environment- An Act to Harness the Windpower off of the coast of North Carolina

 

Science and Technology- A Bill to Allow the Usage of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in North Carolina

Civil Rights- An Act to Amend the Constitution of the State of North Carolina to allow Civil Unions

Substance Abuse- An Act to require Drug Testing for recipients of government assistance programs


Documents on this website- located to the left is a documents section that contains permission forms, application, and an event flyer.


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 SDHS Debate Club also plans to sponsor the Davidson County Model UN Conference in Spring, 2015. Look for updates!!!

General Information below:
Model UN logo

What is Model United Nations

Commonly abbreviated Model UN or MUN, the Model United Nations is an activity or club available to students in middle school, high school, and college.  This activity focuses on preparing students for conferences which are staged as simulations of the United Nations.  At the conferences, students represent a country in the UN, either by themselves or with a partner.  Students debate a set of topics using their country's views, not their own opinions. The topics are given several weeks in advance so that participants have ample time to study each topic and understand their country's views.  Each conference is presided by chairs, who keep councils on topic and answer questions students may have.


FAQs-

Does DCMUN cost money?  Yes, each participant must pay a nonrefundable fee of $15.  This fee covers all conference materials, purchase of awards, and the conference.  If your registration form is received by March 3, you will also receive a Davidson County Schools Model UN t-shirt for FREE. The conference will take place on the campus of Davidson County Community College. Participants can bring their own lunch or purchase through the DCCC Storm Cellar. Please contact us if financial issues will keep you from participating.


How do I register for DCMUN? By filling out the registration application and paying the $15 fee. If you are a Davidson County Schools student, you must also return the field trip and parental transportation forms.  This paperwork is below this FAQs area. Please turn in your registration application along with your fee to the address on the application.


What are the topics for DCMUN 2014?  Students will be participating in the assembly of the UN known as the Security Council.  Topics to discuss at conference have been decided and posted above and delegation guides will be posted by February 24.


What is the Security Council? The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six principal committees of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security.  Its powers, outlined in the United Nations Charter, include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action.  Its powers are exercised through United Nations Security Council resolutions.


What countries are members of the Security Council?  As part of registration, you will need to pick the country you wish to represent.  These countries are:

Permanent Members: United States of America, People's Republic of China, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, French Republic

Non- Permanent Members: Argentina, Australia, Rwanda, Luxembourg, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan, Togo


How will my country be chosen?  We will try to give everyone one of the countries they list on the application.  It is on a first come, first serve basis.  If none of the countries listed are available, you will be randomly assigned a country.


Will students receive awards/recognition for this conference? We realize that everyone will come with little or no experience, but we will recognize students who actively participate in debates, are knowledgeable about topics, and work cooperatively with other countries. Participation is the key to be recognized.


Will award winners be recognized in the paper?  We do plan to send a press release to The Denton Orator and The Dispatch.  If for some reason you do not want to be photographed or your name released to the paper, please let us know on your application


Who do I contact if I have more questions?  Please email the Debate Club advisor, Lisa Paul, lpaul@davidson.k12.nc.us or call during school hours to 336-242-5700.






 


 


 


The South Davidson Debate Club still plans to host a Spring, 2015 Davidson County Model UN Conference. Information about Model United Nations is below:
The South Davidson Debate Club still plans to host a Spring, 2015 Davidson County Model UN Conference. Information about Model United Nations is below:
The South Davidson Debate Club still plans to host a Spring, 2015 Davidson County Model UN Conference. Information about Model United Nations is below: