November Student Newsletter
November Student Newsletter

Check out what's new in speech and debate! 

Student Scholarship Opportunity

Seniors, consider applying for the inaugural Keith West Memorial Student Scholarships. Four seniors will be selected to receive a $1,000 college scholarship in memory of Keith West. Winning students will demonstrate a commitment to speech and debate, academics, and the NSDA Honor Code. Applications are open now and close on November 30, 2021.  

Updated Resources

Visit the Self-Guided Student Learning Resource Hub for the latest resource updates! The November topic analyses, practice questions, and sample motions are all available. On this page, you'll also find: 
  • Practice drills
  • Videos from student experts
  • Final round performances
  • Monthly topic guides, dockets, questions, and more

Last Chance: Poster Design Contest

Member students are invited to submit a poster for the 2022 National Speech and Debate Education Day Poster Contest! The winning poster will be included in celebratory toolkits sent to teams across the country and available to download from the NSDA website. Submit your poster now! The contest closes on November 21. 

Vote for the 2022-2023 Policy Topic

Member students can cast their vote for the 2022-2023 Policy Debate topic! Choose between "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its support of multilateral greenhouse gas emission reduction regimes" and "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity."

Get Started with Poetry

Prepare to compete in Poetry with our new starter kit! The guide features a breakdown of how to search for, cut, and splice a program, and tips from national finalists. By popular request, it features an annotated sample cutting with blocking. This resource uses the time limits for middle school, but the tips are just as relevant for high school. 

Public Forum Topic Lecture

Learn more about regulations of cryptocurrency in a lecture from University of Kentucky Professor Shane Hadden. Understand key terms like mining and hashing and consider the challenges of regulation, the environmental impacts (Bitcoin mining consumes more energy annually than Finland!), and the differences between Bitcoin as a payment system and Bitcoin as a currency. This is a great primer for those just beginning to learn about cryptocurrency. 

Speech and Debate Swag

Check out the NSDA Store for great ideas for holiday gifts including T-shirts, mugs, bags, and more! Stickers make great gifts for your teammates and friends. Proceeds from the NSDA Store are invested back into the support and resources we provide to the scholastic speech and debate community.
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