April Student Newsletter
April Student Newsletter

Online Nationals + Senior Open

During times of crisis, the National Tournament’s mission is even more essential. Speech and debate provides comfort and strength to students. As such, the National Tournament will be held online this year and, as part of the National Tournament celebration, we will host a Senior Open event. This online competition will allow all member seniors who are not entered in National Tournament main events to participate one last time. Registration is now open for both events. Read details and check with your coach about participation! 

Extemp Practice Questions and Final Round Breakdown

Members can access new Extemp practice questions here. Don't forget, you can also learn from two-time USX national champion Jacqueline Wei in these free final round breakdown videos for novice and advanced students. 

New Sample World Schools Motions + Virtual Debate

Members can access five new prepared and impromptu motions for World Schools Debate and learn from watching the USA Debate team in action in this virtual debate

Advanced LD Research Guide

Download an advanced evidence brief on the March/April Lincoln-Douglas Debate topic, Resolved: Predictive policing is unjust.

Advanced Public Speaking Activities to Practice at Home

You can improve your skills for public speaking events from home with this collection of drills, activities, and suggestions for classroom assessment. 

Public Forum Advanced Evidence

Download an advanced evidence brief on the April PF topic, Resolved: The United States should remove nearly all of its military presence in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.

Apply for the USA Debate Team

Each year we select the best debaters in the country to represent the United States in international competition. Applications for the 2020-2021 USA Debate Team are now open! Before you can complete your application, you must collect signatures from your Coach/Advisor as well as from your Parent/Guardian and Principal/Administrator. 

Show Off Your Speech and Debate Pride

Have you checked out the NSDA Store? Check out a few options just for you below! 

Upcoming Watch Parties

NSDA coach Renea L. Moss invites you to join her virtual NSDA Final Round Watch Parties. You'll have the chance to learn directly from past finalists by asking questions. Join one of the sessions below! 
  • Today, April 23 - Declamation/Poetry 
  • Tuesday, April 28 - Extemp
  • Thursday, April 30 - Congress

Seniors, Let's Keep in Touch: Sign Up for Our Alumni Newsletter

Upon graduation, you'll join the ranks of nearly two million NSDA alumni. As Oprah Winfrey and Sonia Sotomayor would attest, speech and debate doesn't end with the final bell. The skills you have learned in this activity will stay with you wherever you go next.
We'd love to keep in touch and see where life takes you. We can't wait to welcome you as an alum and help provide the tools you need to succeed in the next phase of life! Sign up for our quarterly alumni newsletter using your permanent email address to receive:
  • Community updates and tournament results
  • A reminder to tune in to the annual National Tournament livestream
  • Leadership and employment opportunities
  • Tips for leveraging your speech and debate experience
  • So much more 
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