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May 2018 | A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association 

Dear Student, 

This is the last student newsletter of the year, but we'll be in touch with National Tournament results over the summer. Plus, if you're heading to Nationals, you'll begin receiving our weekly Nationals newsletter with tournament information!  

Nats Topic Release

Visit our Topics page for the Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate topics for the National Tournament. Plus, check out more topic areas and stay tuned for topic analyses coming later this month to our Resource page 

Watch the National Tournament Livestream 

If you can't make it to Nationals, keep up with all the incredible performances on the final round stage via our livestream, presented by Victory Briefs Institute, at

Coach of the Year 

We are thrilled to announce Joni Anker as the 2018 NSDA High School Coach of the Year! Joni was nominated in part by her senior team captains. Read what they had to say about her below and watch the video of her hearing the news
"Her room, 107, has become a safe haven for students to go for guidance, laughter, and support. She has created a diverse community united through a common love of communication that will last a lifetime. Ms. Anker is not just a coach or mentor, she becomes a part of each student's family."
- Eagan High School Speech Team Captains

Compete for $50,000 in Scholarships

The NSDA is partnering with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation to host the Online Great Communicator Debate Competition on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Debates will be held via video chat with other competitors from across the country. The top two winners will qualify for the National Championship in July, where they will compete for $50,000 in scholarships. Read more and register online at

Rostrum Release

You can grab tips for competing in World Schools from the USA Debate Team in the latest issue of Rostrum! Plus, look for yourself and your peers on our list of Student Service Citations and Academic All Americans in the back of the mag! 

USA Debate Team

Want to build your skills while traveling the world? We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 USA Debate Team! Complete the application process here by June 1

Resource Roundup

World Schools Debate Impromptu Prep » In this webinar, the USA Debate Team and their coaches discuss prep for impromptu motions in World Schools Debate. This training is presented by Global Debate Symposium
Gender Identity and Inclusion in Speech and Debate » If you missed our webinar with the 2017 LGBT+ Coaches' Caucus moderator, you can watch the recording here! Don't miss this discussion of gender and sexuality, pronoun usage, and best practices for tournaments. 
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