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February 20, 2018 | A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Coach, 

Don't forget, our final Ace Your Account webinar is this Thursday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. CT. Join us for this training to gain tips and support for running your NSDA team online! 

Exemplary Student Service Award Finalists

Congratulations to the six finalists for the 2018 Exemplary Student Service Award! These students were chosen for outstanding service to their school, community, city, state, or region using skills they honed through speech and debate. 

Madison Alliston - Sacred Heart Catholic School, MS
Jamie Bikales - Lincoln High School, OR
Patrick Childress - Valdosta High School, GA
Chloe Higgins - Nebraska City High School, NE
Brandon Schloss - Wellington High School, FL
Suan Sonna - Sumner Academy, KS

Rostrum Release: Advancing Inclusion

A new issue of Rostrum is available online and will hit mailboxes soon! This issue features updates on our inclusion efforts as an organization and as a community. We share 17 steps we're taking to advance inclusion by the end of June, including acting on recommendations from the 2017 Coaches' Caucuses, making changes to the National Tournament, releasing tools for local tournaments, diversifying our resource offerings, and much more. Read the issue »
Would you like to order Rostrum (including the Nationals Chronicle) for other coaches at your school, send your administrator a regular copy, or share with a team parent who wants to keep up with the speech and debate community and resources? An additional annual subscription is $24.99 for members and $34.99 for non-members. Visit the Speech & Debate Store to purchase or share the link with other interested parties! Be sure to use code GETROSTRUM to receive the discounted member rate.

Join Hundreds of Schools Celebrating NSDE Day!

Time is running out to join us in making March 2, National Speech and Debate Education Day, bigger than ever! Sign up to take part in our celebration, take advantage of our Team Toolkit, and help spread the word about the life-changing impact of speech and debate.  
Strapped for time? This is a great opportunity for a student or parent to be your team’s captain. Don't delay, sign them up here so they can get started planning today! 

NEW: Student Membership Auto-billing 

If you are listed as the NSDA advisor at your school, you can register and pay for your students' lifetime memberships at any point by visiting your account page and selecting School Roster. Now, you can shorten your to-do list and choose to let the system automatically make students who reach 25 honor society points (the Degree of Merit) members as well. If you select that option on your School Profile page, you will be automatically billed on the 1st and/or 15th of each month for any students that reach that threshold. If you don't select that option, you can continue to manually add individual student memberships by clicking "Buy" next to the student's name. 
Please keep in mind that student membership is a prerequisite to participating at districts and receiving the benefits of the honor society. Once students reach 75 points, they will no longer continue to accumulate points on your online roster until their membership is paid. 

Black History Month Resources

In case you missed it, we're celebrating Black History Month with a series of classroom and tournament resources created in partnership with Wiley College. View the collection and enhance your next practice, classroom, or tournament experience during the month of February and beyond. 

Deadlines and Reminders

Student of the Year » If you know an incredible graduating senior, please nominate them for your district's Student of the Year Award.
Last Chance to Send a Thank You Message » Schedule a special message to a teacher or administrator who has inspired you by Monday, February 26! Thank you grams will hit inboxes on March 2, National Speech and Debate Education Day. 
Conference Registration » Take advantage of the early bird discount and register for the National Conference by March 5 
Coach and Principal of the Year » Nominate an outstanding coach or administrator at both the high school and middle school levels by April 6 for them to be considered for the following prestigious, national awards. 
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