Check out what's new this week, Coach!
Read the Latest Issue of Rostrum
The new Rostrum magazine is out now! We share details regarding a change to the composition of the Board of Directors, summaries of new rules, and profiles on national champion and Student of the Year Jade Ismail, middle school coach George Tennison, and a variety of district leaders. Plus we spotlight the unsung heroes of speech and debate, from custodial staff to parent volunteers.
Plan to Register: Spring 2024 Springboard Dates Now Available
We will continue to offer four after-school scrimmages a month in January, February, and March. Registration is now open and the details are available on our website or you can download a shareable flyer.
Uncover the Strategies Behind a Final Round Duo
Coaches and students can go behind the curtain of the process for putting together a final round Duo from start to finish. Through script notation, early practice videos, and narration, Duo finalists Ethan Gambriel and Tyler Simpson share the story behind the cutting, blocking, practicing, and performing of their piece, A Tiny Miracle With a Fiberoptic Unicorn. Access the full material in the free NSDA Learn course.
Recognize Academic and Competitive Excellence
The prestigious Academic All American award recognizes high school students for academic and competitive success. To be eligible, students must have:
- Earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points)
Completed at least 5 semesters of high school
- Demonstrated outstanding character and leadership
- Earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
Students who meet the points requirement are marked with a yellow box that says AAA? on your Student Roster. It's free and easy to submit a nomination, and the award makes an excellent addition to resumes or scholarship applications.
Date Change: Join us December 7 for the Multicultural Learning Alliance
The Multicultural Learning Alliance (MLA) is your chance to develop the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to effectively engage in diverse spaces. If you are seeking a solid foundation for starting your DEI journey, join the MLA!
During our kick-off session on December 7, we will cover our mission and vision, establish guidelines and expectations, and set personal goals for participation.
Vote for the 2024-2025 Policy Debate Topic
Cast your ballot to help determine the final Policy Debate resolution for 2024-2025! Member students and one chapter advisor per active school are eligible to vote. Read a synopsis of the proposed problem areas, then log in to your NSDA Account and select "NSDA Voting" from the left side menu. Voting ends Friday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. CT. Find more information on our website and remind your team to vote, too!
Make a Plan to Celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day
Our annual National Speech and Debate Education Day (NSDE Day) is a time to honor, celebrate, and promote the activity of scholastic speech and debate. This school year, we will celebrate on Friday, March 1, 2024, and we hope you will join us! We have NSDE Day posters, logos, and graphics as well as templates to contact your local media and legislators on our website. Check out the 2024 Toolkit for more ways to promote your program.
Why Participate in Big Questions Debate?
Big Questions isn’t just about debate, it’s about preparing future leaders so they can tackle the world's most pressing issues. Host a Big Questions Debate event and you can receive funds to help offset your costs!
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