May 21, 2019 - Nationals Newsletter
May 21, 2019 - Nationals Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest National Tournament news below! Please encourage other coaches or adults attending with your school to sign up for updates here

Script Turn In Requirements 

High School » The semifinal rounds of all high school speech events at the National Tournament will be recorded and audited. Any quarterfinalist failing to produce the original source, highlighted manuscript, and typed script will not qualify for the semifinal rounds of competition. Read the instructions »
Middle School » Students in the quarterfinal rounds of middle school Interpretation and Public Address events must turn in the original source, highlighted manuscript, and typed script to verify that the script is eligible per NSDA rules. Any contestant failing to produce the necessary information will not qualify for the final round of competition. Read the instructions » 

Meet the 2019 National Student of the Year Finalists 

We are pleased to announce the 2019 William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year finalists! These incredible seniors will interview with a panel of distinguished coaches at Nationals, and the winner will be announced on stage during the National Awards Assembly. Learn more about the National Student of the Year Award and see all district winners here

Announcing the New Diamond Day Lounge! 

Coaches who earned a new Diamond Award between May 16, 2018, and May 15, 2019, will be recognized on stage at the 2019 National Tournament on Thursday, June 20. 
This year, new Diamond coaches can get the celebration started early in the Diamond Day Lounge on Thursday in the Concierge Lounge on the second floor of the Sheraton! From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. new Diamond recipients can stop by for refreshments and a chance to meet other Diamond coaches. Plus, they will also have the opportunity to pick up a special New Diamond Award sticker at registration. Be sure to congratulate anyone you see wearing one so we can help them celebrate their milestone all week long! 

2019 Assistant Coach of the Year

The Assistant Coach of the Year award recognizes an exemplary high school assistant coach serving at an NSDA member school. The inaugural recipient is Michael Tristano, Jr., from Phoenix Country Day School in Arizona! Learn more about Michael in the excerpt from his nomination essay below. 
“Mike Tristano made me see speech and debate as a worldly activity with implications beyond local competitions. While Mike taught me that my words mattered, he also taught me when to speak, when to stay silent and, when to use silence to say the most."
- Sophia Casten
Phoenix Country Day School, AZ - Class of 2018

Keep Reading

Make Sure All Your Coaches Are Credited! 

To ensure the names of all coaches working with your team are recognized in our Tournament Book, please visit the General tab of your registration on and add all your coach names in the Tournament Book Coaches section by May 24

Prepare for Nationals

The 2018-2019 Resource Package is the perfect way to prepare for Nationals! Add the Individual or Team Resource Package to gain access to 2018 final round videos, the Interp script database, a sample Extemp round including ballots with feedback, and more! 

Submit Your Topic Suggestions

Do you have suggestions for Public Forum topic areas or LD resolutions for 2019-2020? You can submit your ideas for PF topic areas or LD resolutions by June 1 to have your ideas considered! The Wording Committees will meet during the National Tournament so keep an eye out for updates! 
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