Keeping the Competition in Kansas Debate.
Ad Astra aims to provide students and schools the resources and support needed to maintain and grow speech and debate programs in partnership with our community.
Debate allows students to gain in-demand critical thinking and public speaking skills in a fun, competitive and educational atmosphere.
Find events near you, competition schedules, openings, policies and tools to help prepare you and your team for any Kansas competition.
Kansas debate wouldn’t be the success it is without our volunteers. If you’re interested in judging a competition, assisting a coach, or helping manage the competition, visit our Volunteer Portal.
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What Students are Saying
“Ad Astra debate has greatly impacted the way I look at debate and helped me connect with leaders in my community to start my own initiatives in and outside of debate.”
– Aditya Joshi; Student, East High School
Ad Astra Debate League is led by former debaters who grew into pillars to the community. We’re knowledgeable and dedicated to keeping Kansas debate competitive.
Mike Harris – Co-Founder & Director
Three-time Kansas Coach of the Year, President –
Kansas Speech Communication Association, Director Wichita East Debate
David Abel – Co-Founder & Associate Director
National Chair of the Year in 2011, Best National District Chair –
Communications in 2013, Ralph E. Carey award for distinguished lifetime service in 2017
Bruce Rowley – Co-Founder & Program Advisor
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Creative Thinker