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February 14, 2017 | A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach, 
Happy Valentine's Day! We love having the chance to touch base with you every week. Check out fun new tools to introduce your students to events, an important update to our rankings page, and much more in the latest newsletter. Get started below!  
Rankings Page Update » Check out our new and improved rankings page! School rankings, based on strength, are now searchable by state or district. Student rankings, based on points, are searchable by state, district, and nationally by NSDA sponsored event. National Tournament points are now included, which may have caused a slight shift in rankings from last month.
Rostrum Preview » Be sure to explore our online issue of Rostrum tomorrow, February 15. Hard copies will be making their way to your mailbox the same day so keep an eye out for them next week. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at our Alumni Angles feature on Dr. Mike Edmonds of Colorado College. Our Winter issue is dedicated to greatness in education, and we’re excited to share some incredible stories with you! 
Student Poster Design Contest Results » After an open call for designs, students voted to select their favorite posters for National Speech and Debate Education Day. We're thrilled to announce the winners and share their final designs! We hope you'll post them around your school to help spread the word. 
The suit designs (far left, far right) were created by Cindy Ha of Perry High School in Arizona. The famous alumni design (middle) was submitted by Michael Bole of A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Florida. 
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Thank a Teacher » Did a teacher or coach inspire you to enter the field of education? Send them a special message on March 3, National Speech and Debate Education Day, brought to you by our friends at McKinsey & Company. Choose your #thankateacher gram and let someone know they’ve made an impact on your life! 
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Early Bird Pricing until March 3 » Time is running out to take advantage of the early bird discount for the 2017 speech and debate education conference. The theme is Elevating Speech and Debate and we are confident everyone will benefit from sessions led by stellar educators from across the country! To preview sessions and learn more, click here
Writing a Persuasive Speech » Members can access a brand new classroom resource, Tips for Writing a Persuasive Speech. Whether you use it as a classroom handout or a tool for novices, we encourage you to use this info to introduce your students to writing a persuasive speech! 
Competition Event Profiles » We are excited to share the competition stories we've collected from students across the country! They explain why they chose their events, the skills they need to succeed, and the challenges they face. Plus they walk through what a typical tournament looks like for someone in their event. This is a great way to help new students choose what events they’d like to try. You can download them here!
Policy Debate Webinar Recording » We've made the latest webinar by Policy Debate expert Sean Kennedy available for free! Enjoy his insights on researching for the home stretch of the season in this recording.
Congress Webinar » Join us tomorrow, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. CT. Kevin Berlat will answer your questions and provide insight as to how you could approach the new docket during the Congress Webinar!
Lincoln-Douglas Webinar » Don't forget to attend our LD Webinar tomorrow, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. CT. Vanessa Brown Calder of the Cato Institute will discuss the March/April topic, Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.
Fundraising Webinar » Be sure to hop on to our fundraising webinar with the experts at Edco on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. CT. Click here to join us for tips on raising money for your team! 
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