Northeast Alabama Debate League

About Us

The Northeast Alabama Debate League (NEADL) allows middle school and high school students to compete in public policy debate events on the campus of Jacksonville State University. The league’s goal is to provide young students the tools for respectful, scholarly discussion and to become well-rounded citizens.

The participation from schools across northeast Alabama ensures that students will learn the importance of knowledge on the policies of the United States, camaraderie with those with opposing views, and diversity of thought. Schools are given a research packet on the resolution of choice to use a guideline when preparing for the debate competition. Students develop research skills by expanding their knowledge into the affirmative and negative views of the resolution.

The NEADL also offers a public speaking portion of the competition for those who wish to improve their public speaking skills. Students are given the opportunity to create their speeches based on selected topics. A selection of past topics includes informational, inspirational, and humorous speech.

Jacksonville State University is not affiliated with any national speech/debate organization. We are hosting this event to provide a service to students in our regional area. If your school requires competition credits to attend a national event, we regretfully do not offer those at this time. 

NEADL will resume debate and public speaking activities in 2021. Please contact us at if you are interested in participating in the 2021 opportunities.

Important Dates

February 3, 2020 February Registration Forms Due
February 11, 2020 February Competition
March 3, 2020 March Registration Forms Due
March 10, 2020 March Competition
April 21, 2020 2019-2020 Awards Ceremony

Contact Information

Dr. Lori Owens, Senior Director of Undergraduate Studies and Special Programs
NEADL Co-director, Debate

Dr. Benjie Blair, Professor of Biology, Pre-Med Advisor
NEADL Co-director, Public Speaking

Amy Tomlinson, Honors Program Secretary
NEADL Coordinator