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November 2015  |  A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Student,

Warm up this month with a plethora of resources, scholarship opportunities, and more!
Speech and Debate Scholarships » Use speech and debate to pay for college! Take a look at speech and debate scholarships available at the best colleges and universities.
The Coolidge Scholarship » Juniors, apply now for a full ride, four-year merit scholarship to any American university! The Coolidge Scholarship is a one of a kind, full ride presidential scholarship that covers a student's tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training. Visit for more information. The application deadline for high school juniors is March 18, 2016.
Twitter Chat » Overcome America's greatest fear with our #satchat Twitter chat! Join us Saturday, November 14, at 10:30 a.m. CT for a 30-minute Twitter chat with Executive Director J. Scott Wunn on strategies for overcoming glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. Send your questions in advance to
Winter Online Institute for PF » Join national champion Nefertiti Dukes on December 27 for this one-day PF workshop. Students will prep for January competition with an outstanding educator who will introduce you to the new PF topic, develop specific arguments, and discuss appropriate strategies. To learn more, visit (If you are interested in signing up multiple students, contact for information about team discounts.)
Winter Online Institute for LD » Join national champion coach Tom Evnen on December 28-29 for a two-day LD workshop. Students will gain an appropriate philosophical understanding of issues specific to the January/February LD topic, as well as pertinent current events and research to assist you in your preparation. To learn more, visit (If you are interested in signing up multiple students, contact for information about team discounts.)
Pi Kappa Delta Membership » As a lifetime member of the National Speech & Debate Association, you also receive free membership in Pi Kappa Delta (PKD), the national honorary for collegiate speech and debate! If you plan to attend a college or university and participate in collegiate speech and debate activities, please fill out this application for PKD membership. Want to learn more about PKD? Visit our website at or email
Policy Debate Topic Selection » Help us determine the final Policy resolution for 2016-2017! Online voting opens next week on November 15 and concludes December 15. The two topic areas include China and India. To log in and access the ballot, visit
Impromptu Speaking Example Database » Resource Package subscribers can download a template for building an example database to use in Impromptu Speaking. Included is a guide illustrating the utility and importance of keeping an example database for this event. Log in to your dashboard for this new resource!
November Congress Docket » Visit to check out the latest practice legislation for Congressional Debate.
Extemp Resources » Log in to your dashboard to access the November practice questions, written by national champion coach Todd Hering. If you are a Resource Package subscriber, you can also access additional practice questions and the latest topic analysis video from national champion Nathan Leys.
PF and LD Topic Analyses » You can find current topic analyses for Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas on your dashboard, along with an evidence research guide on the current PF topic.
World Schools Motions » Visit for the November slate of sample World Schools Debate motions. Resource Package subscribers can also check their dashboard for an expanded topic guide on three of the sample motions, prepared by Team Mexico coach Mark Webber. The guide illustrates how to break down these potential World Schools topics.
Original Oratory Research Guide » The new Original Oratory Research Guide is available for Resource Package subscribers. The guide discusses evaluation, variety, and legitimacy of research in Original Oratory. Read up on what makes a worthy source, how to stay on top of research throughout the year, and indispensable tips that will set your students apart from other orators!
Policy Debate Topic Files » Policy debaters can access updated files on the current topic by logging in to your dashboard.
Are there any webinars you'd like to see us offer? Email your ideas to
November LD Topic Analysis
(Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. CT) – presented by Tom Evnen

November PF Topic Analysis

(Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. CT) – presented by Nefertiti Dukes

Writing Legislation in Congressional Debate

(Monday, Nov. 16, at 6:00 p.m. CT) – presented by PJ Samorian

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LIVE webinars are open to all members! Resource Package subscribers can access recordings on their dashboard.
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