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May 2016  |  A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear District Leader,

This is our last district newsletter of the school year! Thank you for your time and effort in giving back to this important activity. Check out the national election results, new Summer Leadership Conference details, and learn where to submit your topic area suggestions below!
2016 Board Election and Referendum Results » After a nationwide vote, the following individuals will serve four-year terms on the National Board of Directors beginning August 1, 2016: Pam Cady Wycoff (MN), Dr. Tommie Lindsey, Jr. (CA), Timothy Sheaff (IA), and Jennifer Jerome (NE). Congratulations to these outstanding leaders! In addition, all four Constitutional amendment proposals passed by a majority. The timeline for implementation of individual referendum decisions will be determined by the Board of Directors and communicated to the membership at a later date. To download the official voting results from Michael A. Eick, C.P.A., click here.
Announcing the 2016-17 District Committees » We are pleased to announce the results of the 2016-17 District Committee elections. Click here to view the new directory, effective August 1, 2016. The committee members are listed alphabetically after the chair. Elected individuals will be contacted to affirm their interest in the role. Congratulations to our newly elected leaders!
New Hall of Fame Members » Congratulations to the 2016 NSDA Hall of Fame inductees! Byron Arthur (LA), Eloise Weisinger Blair (TX), Mark Ferguson (IL), Dr. Alfred "Tuna" Snider (VT), and Robert Shepard (TX) will be recognized during the National Speech & Debate Tournament in June.
Summer Leadership Conference » A tentative schedule for the 2016 Summer Leadership Conference in Las Vegas is now available. After Sunday’s dinner and registration, attendees will enjoy 2-½ days of leader-led sessions including district engagement, inclusion and diversity, creating community partnerships, next steps for pilot events, and much more! To view the schedule or to register, click here.
LD and PF Topic Ideas Due by May 15 » Do you have great ideas for next year’s LD and PF topic areas? We would love to hear them! Submit your suggestions by May 15 by using the online forms at
District Ads » District chairs, recognize your competitors as they perform in Salt Lake City this summer! Submit your district ad for the 2016 Tournament Book by Friday, May 13. Half and full page ads are available. For more information, including dimensions and pricing, please visit
MS Media Release Forms » Please remind middle school coaches in your area that media release forms, fees, and judge paradigms (if applicable), along with Interp, Oratory, and Declamation information, are all due by May 13.
Nationals Newsletter » Beginning this month, district leaders attending the National Tournament will receive periodic Nationals Newsletters with details about #Nats16. Watch your inbox for tournament updates, reminders, and more details. See you in Salt Lake City!
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