May Student Newsletter
May Student Newsletter

Dear Student,

We share the latest news and resources from the speech and debate community below! 

Apply to be a Rostrum Intern

Are you interested in journalism? Be sure to apply for the Rostrum Internship by August 16! We will select up to four interns to write coach, student, alumni, and team profiles for publication in Rostrum magazine throughout the 2019-2020 school year. This is an excellent way to gain writing experience, learn about the inner workings of a publication, and build your resume!
For an example of what we’re looking for, check out these recent student and coach profiles, both written by former Rostrum interns.  

NSDA Alum and The Office Star

Brian Baumgartner is an actor best known for playing Kevin Malone in the American adaptation of The Office, but did you know Baumgartner began his acting career as a member of his high school's speech and debate team? Watch Baumgartner's fourth place Dramatic Interpretation performance from the 1991 National Tournament and explore more notable speech and debate alumni at

Join Us in Celebrating Pride Month

Pride Month begins in June and we're excited to announce it as the third installment in our monthly diversity celebration series! Inspired by recommendations from the LGBT+ Coaches’ Caucus, we have created a new set of posters featuring NSDA coaches and alumni. Plus, check out a literature collection featuring LGBT+ stories and recommended texts for historical context. This is a great resource to use over the summer as you select your script for next year!
Visit to get started and be sure to also check out our resources for Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month

Watch the National Tournament Preview Video

Check out a preview of the magic of #Nats19 in the video below! Can't be be there in person? Plan to watch final rounds live June 20-21 at  

Apply to Join the USA Debate Team

Each year we select the best debaters in the country to represent the United States in international competition on the USA Debate Team. Team members travel the world competing in World Schools Debate. Hear how the 2018-2019 team members represent the United States with integrity, humility, respect, leadership, and service in this video. Then learn more and complete the application process here by June 1

Show Your Success

Since our organization’s founding in 1925, student members of the NSDA have had the unique opportunity to display their membership in the Honorary and take pride in their competitive success with NSDA insignia. Pins and pendants can be worn during competition or kept as a keepsake for your time in speech and debate. Don't miss your chance to order insignia! Jewel inserts for pins and pendants are determined based on your earned points and degree level
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