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March 2016  |  A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Student,

The horizon is packed with World Speech Day quickly approaching, a full academic scholarship opportunity, and loads of resources to take your competition to the next level!
Student Video Showcase » To celebrate World Speech Day on March 15, students are invited to create a two-minute YouTube video and submit a link to us at The video should answer the prompt: Tell our community, in two minutes or less, about one change you’d like to see to create “A Better World." Students can work as individuals or in groups. A portion of the videos submitted will be selected for a World Speech Day Showcase! Any video links received by 11:59 p.m. CT on March 9 will be eligible for showcase selection. For more information about other World Speech Day activities, visit
Nominate Your Coach » The James M. Copeland Coach of the Year Award annually honors high school coaches who exhibit outstanding leadership and commitment to speech and debate activities. To learn more and access the online nomination form, visit
Summer Online Institute » Learn from the best, right from the comfort of your own home! Our 2016 sessions include LD, PF, Policy, Congress, Extemp, Interp, and Oratory. Affordable rates, stellar instructors, and a quality curriculum make this an easy decision to attend. If several members of your team are interested in signing up, please contact Steve Schappaugh for group pricing. For more information or to register, visit
Live Webinar Tonight! » Adding Nuance to Your Informative Speech
(Tuesday, Mar. 8, at 5:00 p.m. CT) – presented by Harrison Postler

Utilizing HeinOnline » HeinOnline is a FREE resource available to all of our members. Harrison Postler, our Programs & Education Coordinator, recently led a webinar that provided an in-depth review of this platform. Everyone should check out this helpful webinar recording to learn how to use this valuable research database!
Policy Proposal Update » Do you compete in Congressional Debate? Your Student Leadership Committee (SLC) recently submitted a proposal to replace Cross-Examination in Congressional Debate with Direct-Examination. Next week, the policy proposal will be discussed in a meeting between the NSDA Competition and Rules Committee and SLC Leadership. If you would like to weigh in on the proposal, please email Stay tuned for updates on this and other policy proposals!
Soapbox Article » Check out this recent article entitled, "What Debate Taught Me About Privilege," featured in our online student publication, Soapbox, written by SLC student Colette Faulkner of Kingwood High School in Texas.
Congress Docket » The March Congressional Debate Docket, prepared by coach Kevin Berlat, is available to all members by clicking here.
Extemp Resources » Members can download a fresh set of practice questions for the month of March from coach Todd Hering. Resource Package subscribers can also access the latest topic analysis video on the Supreme Court from national champion Nathan Leys.
World Schools Motions » The latest set of World Schools motions, prepared by coach Mark Webber, is available at From there, access the companion motion guides for members (one motion) and Resource Package subscribers (three motions).
Apply for a Full Academic Scholarship to Innovative Global Program » Do you want to live and learn around the world throughout college rather than get stuck in the campus bubble? Do you want classes that stress discussion and debate instead of passive lecturing? If so, check out Minerva, a uniquely global, rigorous, and accessible university program started by a former Harvard Dean and a successful entrepreneur. The application is free and due March 15, so learn more about Minerva and their unique, full academic scholarship for speech and debater students.
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