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The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.

The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.

Parents Bulletin Board

DA to Host Cavalier Invitational Debate Tournament Jan. 19–21
Posted 01/17/2019 02:38PM

With spirited verbal sparring and eloquent presentations of issues on the agenda, all are invited to witness the excitement of speech and debate as Durham Academy hosts the Cavalier Invitational tournament this weekend. Representing 59 different schools in 16 different states, 576 students will be competing.

The tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday and runs through that evening, and then picks up Sunday at 8 a.m. and continues through early evening. Rounds will be held throughout the Lower School, Upper School and Hill Learning Center campuses.

The tournament’s speech and debate events include Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate, Duo Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking and Informative Speaking. 

"With competition throughout the weekend, you are welcome to come and see what it is we do 36 weekends a year on the speech and debate team," said Crawford Leavoy, director of DA’s speech and debate program. "We have events for everyone! Students will be debating current event issues (Providing Military Aid to Authoritarian Regimes, or Promoting Economic Growth over Paying the Federal Debt), performing speeches that they written, performing works of drama and literature, and debating policy issues facing the United States."

Tournament events will be held around the Upper School, Lower School and Hill Center campuses. All visitors are asked to check in with Leavoy in room 303 in the Upper School Learning Commons.

Leavoy suggests the following rounds as being of particular interest to spectators:

  • Extemporaneous Speaking Finals on Sunday at 4 p.m.

  • Humorous Interpretation Finals on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

  • Public Forum Debate Finals on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

In addition, the DA speech and debate program will host the Inaugural Cavalier Survivor Challenge on Monday. This forum represents 12 of the best debate partnerships in the nation in a high-stakes competition. As the competition progress, teams will be eliminated until two teams remain. Spectators are welcome to watch the finals in the Learning Commons on Monday at 4 p.m.

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