We Have A T-Shirt!

The 2015-16 NU Debate T-shirt is here! Really!

Debate T shirt

Organic Cotton in Navy.

What, you want one?

You wonder where you can get this fabulousness?

Send a check for $20, made out to NU Debate Boosters to PO Box 196, Grass Valley, CA, 95945 and write your t-shirt size in the memo line. Or, give a check to Teddy or Joe at school. Or, use the PayPal donation button on our website (see the comments below) and use the “instructions to the seller” to give us your t-shirt size and a contact phone number. Make sure your phone number is on your check as well. We’ll call you to arrange pick-up of your shirt.


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Our annual yard sale is this coming Saturday, October 3rd, from 8am to 1pm at the District parking lot on Ridge Road (NU campus). Collection of donated items is Friday, October 2nd from 5pm to 7pm at the parking lot.

This sale has the potential to raise a lot of money for the team, please bring those items you’ve been wanting to get rid of for some time and let it benefit the debate team! 

We welcome donations of furniture, clothing, housewares, tools, sports equipment, functioning electronics, books, DVDs and CDs and vinyl, art, craft materials, jewelry and more. You can contact Judith at jhillweld@gmail.com if you need to deliver smaller items before Friday.

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Parent Judges are a key component of our debate team. If you are a chaperone, you are likely to also be a judge for novice debates as the team is required to provide a certain amount of judges at each tournament. Don’t Fret! You’ll only be judging novices and we’ll teach you how to do it!

Join other parents from the NU and McClatchy teams to learn the basics of policy debate and the role of the judge. This is a fantastic opportunity to educate yourself about the world of debate that your student is steeped in.

Saturday,  September 12th  9:30 – 3:30

Room J106 at Nevada Union High School

$5 donation for lunch requested

Please rsvp to coach Judith Hill-Weld at jhillweld@gmail.com

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2015-16 Policy Debate Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.


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 All Debate Meeting:

Getting Ready for Next Year!

Wednesday, May 13

6pm-7pm & 7pm-8pm


6:00 to 7:00 is for new debaters and new debater parents.  Meet the coaches and find out what next year holds for the debate team; learn about the structure of the team, tournaments, team meetings, and how parents can help through our Debate Booster Club.  We encourage all new debaters and their parents to stay for the 2nd half of the meeting to meet our continuing debaters and their parents.

7:00 to 8:00 for returning debaters and returning debate parents. This part of the meeting is an official Booster Meeting and we will vote in new officers for the 2015-16 school year, take stock of our efforts for this year and report on our finances (hint: they are in good shape!)  Stephen Goldberg and Judith Hill-Weld will fill us in on what next year holds for the debate team and we’ll talk about what fundraising efforts the boosters have on the calendar for next year.  And we’ll fill you in on the end of the year debate party at the Fenners!

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Debate Team Fundraiser

 Miner Disputes: Civil Discourse on Current Issues

Please join the Nevada Union High School Debate Team for our 4th annual fundraiser, Miner Disputes, serious topics with spirited students who reassure us that the future is in good hands.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015   7pm-9pm

Summer Thyme’s

Grass Valley

Tickets $20.00

To purchase in advance, or to make a direct donation, please use the PayPal Donate button and note “Miner Disputes” , or, “Donation”, in the Instructions to Seller

We will present two student debates on current controversial topics, feed you delicious appetizers, offer tempting items in a silent auction, and give you a video glimpse of this highly rigorous style of competitive debate at an official tournament.

Why do we need your support? Debate offers NU students the opportunity to immerse themselves in rigorous academics, college-level research, public speaking, and incisive analytical skills.  Debate offers a path to academic success, but, Nevada Union High School does not have the funds to sustain the financial requirements of this program.  Nevada Union Debate Boosters Club raises funds to meet those requirements!

If you can’t make it to Miner Disputes, perhaps you will consider donating to our Booster club to help cover the costs of attending tournaments. 




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Parent Judge Training – Saturday, September 6th – 10am to 4pm

Where: Nevada Union High School Debate Room: J 106

Lunch provided

Led by coach Stephen Goldberg and varsity debate team members.

Please RSVP to Janice Bedayn Bedayn@gmail.com


Why a parent judge training?

Debate tournaments rely upon parents for 3 important reasons:

1)   Transporting students

2)   Chaperoning students

3)   Judging novice tournament rounds

There is an art and a skill to judging a debate round—learn about both at this judge training workshop.  Junior Varsity and Varsity rounds are judged by college debaters or debate coaches, but the novice rounds are judged by parents.  Learn how to “flow” and recognize if the affirmative or the negative wins the question at hand.  This is a great way to begin to understand debate jargon and experience what your child is learning.

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2014-2015 Debate Team Update

Policy Debate 2014-2015

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

Nevada Union’s Policy Debate Team, emboldened by 4 members that advanced to the final bracket in the Grand National Tournament of 2014, has hit the ground running. Several team members attended debate camps throughout the west this summer and the team is steeped in research and argument development of this year’s topic. The debate class is being taught by varsity team members Joe Fenner and Jesse Bedayn in Molly Starr’s classroom and Black Weekend is behind us.  NU Debate for the 2014-2015 school year is in full swing.

We bid a warm good-bye and thank you to last year’s coach, Gabe Olson, former NU debater and high school debate advocate, whose organizational skills and determination put many of our systems in order and infused the team with positive energy and a determination to succeed.  Gabe will continue to be both a supporter and sometime helper as NU Debate moves forward.  NU Debate was fortunate indeed to have Gabe at the helm through all of last year.

We welcome new assistant coach Judith Hill-Weld to our team.  Judith is mom of varsity debater Teddy Hill-Weld and an incredible supporter of our debate team.  While Judith is on the fast track of learning the skills of a debate coach, she is also making sure the tournament schedules are posted, parent forms are being submitted and tournament finances are clear.  We are indeed lucky to have one of the most organized people in Nevada County step in to this demanding position.

With gratitude we are so pleased and fortunate to have the continued guidance, talent, energy and skill of our head coach, Stephen Goldberg.  Stephen, a public interest attorney in Sacramento, has been coaching our debate team for 17 years and is an inspiration to everyone.  It is fair to say that were it not for Stephen, NU would not have a debate team.


NFL Finals Winners

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Miner Disputes: Civil Discourse on Current Issues

Wednesday, April 30th, 7 – 9pm at 151 Union on Mill St. in Grass Valley. Support Nevada Union High School’s Academic Sport—Debate!

  $20 includes light appetizers.  Purchase tickets at the door, or use our paypal donation button and your name will be put on guest list.

Thank you to the Nevada County Bar Association and KVMR for their support!

Miner Disputes Spring 2014

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