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

Dear Coach, 

This week, we share success stories from alumni, recognition opportunities for you and your principal, and more! 

National Recognition for your Principal

If your principal is an asset to your program, we encourage you to nominate them for national recognition! We are now accepting nominations for both the High School Principal of the Year Award and the Middle School Principal of the Year Award. Be sure to review the criteria online and start gathering both letters of recommendation now, well ahead of the April 6 deadline! 

Choose from more than 40 Sessions!

The second annual NSDA National Conference will be held July 28-31 and will feature more than 40 engaging sessions that support our theme of Radiant Voices: Empowerment through Speech and Debate. Watch the video below for a special preview of what's in store in Phoenix! 
Explore session details and start planning to attend! And don't forget, the conference also features an NSDA Leadership Track, which is open to all coaches. 
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Alumni in the Headlines

Celeste Ng to Produce Limited Hulu Series » NSDA alum Celeste Ng's bestselling novel Little Fires Everywhere is headed to Hulu! The limited series will star Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington as two women in small town Ohio who are brought together when their children become friends. Ng will also work as a producer on the series. 
Jordan Peele Makes Oscar History » First-time filmmaker and NSDA alum Jordan Peele took home an Oscar for his film Get Out earlier this month. With his win, Peele became the first Black person to win an Oscar for best original screenplay. 
Learn more about NSDA alumni on our Alumni page

Explore Professional Accreditation Options

As a member of the NSDA, you can apply to become an accredited speech and debate coach or educator! Our Professional Accreditation Program recognizes coaches and educators who are committed to furthering their education and skills to better meet the needs of their students. Learn more about the accreditation process or submit your application here

Deadlines and Reminders

Student Membership » Advisors, please take a few minutes today to register your students for a lifetime membership! Our honor society is a powerful mechanism for students to earn distinction among their peers for their commitment to speaking, debating, and interpreting literature.
Middle School Nationals » Registration is open for the Middle School National Tournament! Teams are permitted to enter four entries per event and list additional students for consideration on the wait list. Visit to register by April 24
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