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November Student Newsletter
November Student Newsletter

Watch 2019 Final Round Performances

We celebrated Member Appreciation Week by releasing five new 2019 National Tournament final round performances on our YouTube channel. View HI, LD, OO, USX, and POI videos below!

LD Debate Topic Analysis

Check out an analysis of the current Lincoln-Douglas Debate topic, Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.


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PF Debate Video Topic Analysis 

Watch a breakdown of the PF topic, Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.

November Congress Legislation 

Prepare to compete with November Congress legislation, including a Bill to Establish Mental Health Programs in Schools, a Bill to Pass the 2019 Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, and more! 

Extemp Practice Questions

A new set of Extemp practice questions is now available! What does Baghdadi’s death mean for the future of ISIS? What steps should California take to grapple with the ongoing threat of wildfires? Download the new set and dive in! 

Sample World Schools Motions

Access new prepared and impromptu World Schools motions including drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the politicization of social networks, and more. 

Celebrate a Great Teacher! 

Our Educator of the Year award honors a coach who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate. Last year's winner was nominated by a student! Nominees must be active classroom teachers in the field of speech and/or debate. Start a nomination »

Last Chance to Enter: Poster Contest 

Member students are eligible to enter our NSDE Day poster contest! Each year, a student-designed poster is displayed at the NSDA national office, reproduced on our website, shared on our social media channels, and used by teams across the country leading up to March 6 to spread the word about National Speech and Debate Education Day.
Last year's winning poster was designed by Uzo Ngwu from Apple Valley High School in Minnesota.
Submit your design by Wednesday, December 4 for consideration! 

National Speech and Debate Education Day Team Captains

On March 6, we celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day and the life-changing skills you and millions of other students have learned from this activity. Preparations are already underway for this year, and we're looking for team captains! Sign up to be a captain for your school and receive our toolkit and free resources to help plan how your team will celebrate on March 6!

Three Tips for World Schools Debate

Catch up with the USA Debate Team and pick up three tips for competing in World Schools Debate in the latest issue of Rostrum magazine! 

Famous NSDA Alumni

Did you know Oprah was an NSDA alum? What about Brad Pitt and Paul RuddMany Supreme Court justices, Broadway stars, best-selling authors, Emmy Award-winning journalists, comedianspoliticians, Grammy winners, Oscar winners, and Pulitzer Prize winners started out doing what you're doing now: speech and debate. 
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