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Nationals Newsletter  |  June 8, 2016
A publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

The trucks are loaded, our team has landed, and we can’t wait to welcome you to Salt Lake City! Check out our final pre-tournament updates and reminders below. Safe travels to #Nats16!
National Tournament Expo » Stop by the Expo on Sunday, June 12, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Grand Ballroom A from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Check out camp programs, chat with colleges, grab your giveaways, and more!
World Schools Debate Demo » Applying for USA Debate? Interested in learning more about the World Schools Debate format? Stop by the demo debate at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, in Room 250 of the Salt Palace Convention Center.
New Coach at Nationals Newsletter » New coaches at the tournament will receive a daily email with info and tips to make the most out of their nationals experience. Click here to sign up and ensure you won’t miss a thing!
National Tournament Coach Clinics » This year's coach clinics are proudly sponsored by Trinity University. Click here to check out the list of sessions offered throughout the day on Sunday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 15.

Lunch and Learn Q & A about College Admissions » Students, be sure to join Trinity University's Bradford Durchslag from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, in Room 151 D of the Salt Palace Convention Center for this enlightening discussion about the college admissions process.

Policy Debate: Resources and Tips » Calling all Policy debaters! Join Trinity University's William Mosley-Jensen from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, in Brighton HS Room 409 for helpful tips and resources for competing in this ever-changing event.
Extemp Resources » Check out the latest Extemp practice questions prepared by national champion Nathan Leys. Resource Package subscribers can also access two new topic analysis videos reviewing domestic and foreign topic areas.
Extemp Commentary » We've added examples to each of the round themes to help clarify the topic areas as you're prepping for Nats! For these and additional topics, visit
Check Your Understanding of World Schools Debate » Log in to take our World Schools Debate quiz (available to all members). Then, click here for the answer key! (Tip: You can also watch our video series on World Schools Debate before taking the quiz.)
National Tournament Status » Last chance to avoid long lines at registration! High school coaches, please double check your status tab on the Salt Lake City banner of your School Profile page before you head to Utah. If your entry is not marked Paid and Complete, contact us ASAP at
Tournament Schedules » Click here to download an overview of high school schedules by event. A more detailed middle school schedule is also available by clicking here.
Middle School Judges » High school students who wish to judge at the MS National Tournament after being eliminated from main event competition should arrive by 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday for training! Interested? Report to the Alta HS Auditorium for MS Debate Events or the Indian Hills MS Auditorium for Speech Events. Students must be a junior or senior with 250 honor society points to be eligible to judge.
International Supplemental Public Forum Debate » This year, approximately 14 U.S. Public Forum teams that do not qualify for main event elimination debates will be invited to debate our international PF teams at no additional cost. Interested PF teams should attend Supplemental Re-registration during the Student Posting Party on Tuesday, June 14, at the Gallivan Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Inclusive Restrooms » In our commitment to maintaining an environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination, we have designated restrooms at each of the school venues that can be used by anyone.
Social Media » Follow us on social media to make the most of your tournament experience! Join us as we share your stories, live-tweet finals, and give you behind the scenes access to the largest academic competition in the world. Don’t forget to use #Nats16 and #SparkLeaders to share your tournament adventures with us!
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