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Alumni Newsletter – December 2015
A publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Alum,

We're excited to offer new ways to get involved in the presidential election process! We also have volunteer judging, scholarship, and other opportunities to share. From all of us at the National Speech & Debate Association, we wish you a warm and relaxing holiday season!


Presidential Debate Activities »
Take advantage of our Voices of the Future
materials before, during, and after the presidential debates this week! Engage friends or teammates while hosting a watch party. Be sure to download our bingo cards and check out other fun ideas. Don't forget to visit our Facebook polls to vote for your favorite candidate following each debate!

Volunteer to Judge »
Judging competitions is a fun and stimulating way to stay involved in speech and debate and establish yourself as a volunteer at the same time! You can find judging opportunities by contacting tournament hosts listed in our Tournament Calendar (search by state) or connecting with your state organization. Once you have an opportunity lined up, refresh your knowledge and evaluation skills using our free judge training tools!
Earn College Recognition » As a lifetime member of the National Speech & Debate Association, you also receive free membership in Pi Kappa Delta (PKD), the national honorary for collegiate speech and debate! If you currently attend a college/university and participate in speech and debate activities (or would like to begin a program), please fill out this application for PKD membership. Want to learn more about PKD? Visit our website at or email
Rostrum Online » Check out the Fall issue of Rostrum magazine, introducing our new Voices of the Future program, training and competing with the USA Debate team, our 2014-15 Year in Review, and much more!

Alumni Spotlight » Click here to read our latest feature on Patrick Thomas, who is a member of the Big D and Bubba Show cast. They were named National Radio Personalities of the Year by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) earlier this year, and were awarded the same honor by the Country Music Association (CMA) on November 4.
Scholarship Opportunity » Would you like to live in global hubs like San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and Seoul throughout college? Are you interested in an educational experience that bans lectures, encouraging discussion and debate instead? Minerva is a new, innovative, accredited university program started by a former Harvard Dean and a successful entrepreneur to more effectively prepare students for an ever-changing global future. Minerva students live in seven of the world’s greatest cities throughout college, taking class exclusively in active learning seminars. The application is FREE and due January 15. Learn more about Minerva and their unique, full academic scholarship for speech and debate students today!
GEICO Discount » As a member of the National Speech & Debate Association, you can take advantage of a special discount and save even more on auto insurance! To request your free quote, click here.
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