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Public Forum Debate Finalist Files

Written By Michelle Schmit - 2006 NFL Public Forum Debate National Champion

About Michelle

Michelle is a graduate of Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, class of 2006. Michelle excelled in her debate career as a two-time national qualifier to the NFL National Tournament in Public Forum Debate. During her senior year, she took third place at the nationally recognized Tournament of Champions. Additionally, Michelle successfully placed first or second at all other tournaments. Michelle's debate career culminated with her 2006 NFL Public Forum Debate National Championship. With a history of excellence, Michelle can now share her passion and expertise of Public Forum Debate with the entire speech and debate community through Finalist Files.

Michelle currently attends the University of Notre Dame. She will graduate in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Michelle now competes on the Notre Dame Mock Trial team, successfully achieving the Silver National Mock Trial Tournament Top Ten Team, among other awards. In addition to the hours Michelle spends each month researching new Public Forum Debate topics, Michelle remains politically active through internships as a campaign assistant for the Iowa State Senate and as a constituent services specialist intern at Senator Grassley's regional office. In addition to Finalist Files, Michelle continues to give back to the speech and debate community as the director of Public Forum Debate at the Florida Forensic Institute summer camp.


Available Products

Public Forum Debate Finalist Files

$25 - Monthly Issues
$165 - One Year Subscription (Includes 8 Monthly Issues + NFL Nationals)

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated - The Best Public Forum Debate Evidence & Winning Strategies

Every Public Forum Debate topic is extensively researched by Michelle Schmit with the same hard work and dedication that led her to win the 2006 Public Forum Debate National Championship!

Each issue includes:

  • An introduction to the topic
  • An abundance of evidence on the current topic
  • Extensive explanations of the included research
  • Key strategic advice on building a successful case
  • Highlighted articles that maintain the authors’ true perspective
  • View the 2007 Nationals File

NO CARDS = Greater Understanding

Rather than providing evidence in card format that can remove the author's true perspective, Michelle provides the entire context by using abbreviated articles and highlighting the most significant portions. In addition, Michelle also includes citations of each article along with brief author bios in order to allow coaches and debaters to expand their knowledge of the current topic.

Monthly releases of Public Forum Debate Finalist Files are available 10 days after the Public Forum Debate topic is announced by the NFL.

* Available through Electronic Download/Email Only.


Additional Features

Feedback from Michelle

Have a quick question? Feel free to Contact Michelle OR join the "Public Forum Debate" facebook group and keep in touch with over 500 Public Forum debaters from across the nation.

Teaching Workshops

Your team can learn from the best with an intensive workshop with Michelle. Learn tips on researching the topic and building your case point-by-point. Get advice on speaking persuasively, structuring your first and second speeches, cross-examining your opponent, and perfecting your last shot in order to win rounds.

Contact Michelle for details and billing information. Schedule time for your Public Forum Debate team to meet with Michelle one-on-one.

Practice Rounds

Finalist Files organizes annual practice rounds at the NFL National Tournament where debaters can receive constructive criticism, pointers, and assistance from Michelle herself.

Contact Michelle for more information and have your Public Forum Debate team participate in the NFL National Tournament practice rounds.


Practice rounds will be held before the 2008 NFL National Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and June 15th. The practice rounds will be held in the meeting room at the Emerald Suites in Las Vegas. Click Here for Nationals Map.

Debate Camp

Michelle will be teaching at the Florida Forensic Institute as the head of their Public Forum Debate lab. The Florida Forensic Institute summer camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida will be held from July 18th to August 4th. Contact Michelle for more information.

Past Issue Archives

Want to sample the BEST Public Forum Debate research & strategy?
Visit Public Forum Debate Past Issue Archives.

View various monthly issues along with Michelle's 2006 NFL Public Forum Debate National Championship Con Case, Kyoto Evidence, and Winning Strategy.


Coming Soon...

Public Forum Debate Handbook + DVD

Available for Pre-Order. Tentative Release Date August 2008.

$55 (Includes $5 Shipping and Handling)

The Public Forum Debate Handbook, written by Michelle Schmit, focuses on how to research and analyze debate topics, how to prepare winning pro and con cases, how to cross-examine your opponent, how to perfect your final shot, how to score well with judges...and most importantly, how to become a Finalist! The Instructional DVD features a tutorial Public Forum Debate round along with winning tips from Michelle.

* Available in Hardcopy Format Only. Please allow 3 - 5 Business Days for Shipping.

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Public Forum Debate Handbook + DVD

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