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New Coach at Nationals Newsletter  |  June 14, 2016
A publication of the National Speech & Debate Association 

Dear Coach,

We hope everyone had a great time at the Student Posting Party! Congrats to all teams that advanced at the tournament.

As a reminder, main event competition continues at Brighton HS on Wednesday, with supplemental speech events at Jordan HS and Extemp Debate at Mount Jordan MS.
Our coach clinics also continue on Wednesday. We encourage you to attend one or more sessions in between any judging obligations you may have.
Commentary Change
If your students are competing in Commentary, please note the adjusted topic order. Disregard previously published lists and refer to the new order!
  1. 1976 ---> 2016
  2. SNL - Simply kNows eLections
  3. Adieu, Adieu, Adieu to You, and You, and You
  4. The Greatest Decade Ever – The ’80s!
  5. TV Shows That Keep Going, and Going, and Going!
  6. This Land Was Your Land, And Now It’s My Land
  7. There’s an App For That!
  8. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch!
  9. Seven or Se7en
  10. The Acronym Hymn
Middle School Nationals Begins
The Middle School National Speech & Debate Tournament begins Wednesday morning. We are thrilled to have nearly 900 students from 136 schools at this year's tournament. Middle school competition will take place at Alta High School (debate events) and Indian Hills Middle School (speech events). 
Judge at Middle School Nationals
Any high school student who wishes to judge at Middle School Nationals after being eliminated from main event competition must be a junior or senior with 250 honor society points. Student volunteers earn two merit points for each round judged! Students who meet the requirements should arrive by 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday in one of the following locations for judge training:
Alta HS Auditorium – MS Debate Events
Indian Hills MS Auditorium – MS Speech Events

Speech Quarterfinalists
All speech quarterfinalists (Top 30 round 9 qualifiers) are required to turn in the original source to the Brighton HS bud room by NOON on Wednesday. Photocopies are not acceptable. In addition, contestants must turn in the script highlighting all of the words used and noting any words for transitional purposes only. Any contestant failing to produce the original source and highlighted manuscript to the bud room will not qualify for the semifinal rounds of competition. Contestants may turn in scripts as early as 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Consolation Event Re-registration
Pre-registered students who were eliminated from their main event or supplemental event(s) may re-register Wednesday to compete in consolation events (Storytelling or Impromptu) on Thursday. Re-registration will be at the following times and locations:
2 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Brighton HS Cafeteria (Main Events)
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Jordan HS Cafeteria (Supp-Cons Events)
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Mount Jordan MS Cafeteria (Extemp Debate)
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Hilton Granite Boardroom (Congress)
Coach Clinics (image)
Check out our education sessions on Wednesday at
Alta HS and Brighton HS!

Trinity University
Don't miss the session on Policy Debate: Resources and Tips presented by William Mosley-Jensen of Trinity University, to be held in Brighton HS, Room 409, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Shop the Speech & Debate Store at Jordan HS and Brighton HS on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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