October Student Newsletter
October Student Newsletter

Dear Student,

We share the latest news and resources from the speech and debate community below in our monthly student newsletter! 

Changes to Public Forum Debate

In 2019-2020, all district tournaments and the 2020 National Tournament will use the new pilot PF event rules that add one minute to each summary speech and one minute to each team’s preparation time. Local tournament rules throughout the year may vary. Ask your coach for details!

Celebrate a Great Teacher! 

Our National Educator of the Year Award honors an individual who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate. Among other qualifications, nominees must be active classroom teachers in the field of speech and/or debate. Learn more or start a nomination »

New Extemp Practice Questions

A new set of Extemp practice questions is now available! How far should the U.S. go to support Saudi Arabia in its conflict with Iran? Is Rudy Giuliani an effective advocate for President Trump? Dive in!

Access the Latest Congress Legislation

Prepare to compete by debating new Congressional Debate legislation including legislation to restrict the production of vape pens, end coal mining in the United States, create a standardized voter ID system, increase NASA funding, and more.

LD Debate Topic Analysis

Check out an analysis of the September/October Lincoln-Douglas Debate topic, Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.

PF Debate Topic Analysis + Advanced Evidence

Resource Package subscribers can watch an analysis and access an advanced evidence brief on the September/October Public Forum Debate topic, Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative.

Submit a Design: Student Poster Contest 

National Speech and Debate Education Day is March 6, 2020, and member students are eligble to enter our poster contest! Each year, a student-designed poster is displayed at the NSDA national office, reproduced on our website, shared on our social media channels, and used by teams across the country leading up to March 6 to spread the word about National Speech and Debate Education Day.
Last year's winning poster was designed by Uzo Ngwu from Apple Valley High School in Minnesota.
Submit your design by December 4 for consideration! 

Recognition Spotlight: Service Points

In addition to earning points for competition, students earn distinction in our Honor Society through community service, public speaking, and leadership activities. If you've used your talents to provide service to peers, community, and the activity, let your coach know so they can check if your activities count toward service points! There are specific rules regarding service points, which are available starting on page 10 of the High School Unified Manual.
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