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Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 3, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 3, 2020

Check out what's new this week, Coach!

Jared Padalecki Has a Message for You! 

Catch an exclusive first look at a message from NSDA national champion and actor Jared Padalecki in the video below. 
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Meet the 2020 Exemplary Student Service Award Winner

Congratulations to Aryaman Sharma, our 2020 Exemplary Student Service Award winner! Aryaman was selected by a panel of past National Student of the Year winners for using the skills he learned in speech and debate to serve his community. "It amazes us that at Aryaman’s age he has consistently advocated for marginalized groups even when it wasn't popular. Aryaman embodies everything great about speech and debate," says selection panel chair Jarrius Adams. You can read more about Aryaman in the nomination essay from his coach Kelsey Johnson, watch him be surprised with the news he's won the award, and stay tuned for a profile in the next issue of Rostrum. Congrats, Aryaman! 
2020 Exemplary Student Service Award Winner. Aryaman Sharma. West Fargo Sheyenne High School, ND. Class of 2020.

Harvard Tournament Congress Docket

Our friends at the Harvard Debate Council have made the Congress docket they created for the Harvard Tournament available to our members! View the docket here

Read the March Board Meeting Agenda

You can read the agenda for the NSDA Board of Directors meeting on March 9 here. Please feel free to email any comments or questions to Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Board for consideration. Meeting minutes will be published in the April/May issue of Rostrum

Our Big Day is on Friday! How Will You Celebrate?

We're just days away from National Speech and Debate Education Day! Here are a few easy ways you can celebrate. 
Post Your Story on Social Media » How has speech and debate impacted your life? Dig out some old team photos, share a favorite memory, or reflect on your career as a coach. Be sure to use #WeAreSpeechAndDebate
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Share, Share, Share » Boost visibility for the day by sharing our posts with your network on social media, including the video above!
Take Action » If there's a school in your area without a program, National Speech and Debate Education Day is a great day to make a connection and approach the administration about getting something started next school year. Check out advocacy resources to help you along here
Decorate Your School or Classroom » Use our template to create posters for your team or choose from the collections below:
Speech, Debate, Theatre & Academics Association $20/year Join at Objectives: -Coordinate speech, debate, theatre and academics programs at the state and national levels -Provide in-service training for high school directors -Create a network for educators who prepare students for contests and festivals -Share information, ideas, coaching techniques and contest management skills -Involve high school coaches in the debate topic selection process -Provide directors with professional development opportunities Membership Benefits: -Insurance coverage, including excess general liability up to $2 million -Subscription to High School Today, a monthly NFHS publication -Online access to archives of The Forensic Educator publication -Member-only online access to 23 NFHS Speech, Debate and Theatre booklets Courses Include: Understanding Copyright and Compliance, Adjudicating Speech and Debate, Understanding Vaping and E-Cigarettes, Theatre Safety (coming soon) and many more Professional Development Available at

Now Open: National Tournament Registration

Middle School » Registration is now open! Students do not need to qualify for the tournament; all eligible entries are welcome, space permitting. The Middle School National Tournament is presented by Summit Debate. More info »
High School » Online registration for Nationals is now open. In order for registration to open for your district, your results must be uploaded by the district chair. You will receive an email when your district's registration opens. You can accept or reject an entry without completing the whole registration process. Please accept or reject your entries right away to allow alternates to be notified ASAP. More info »

Celebrate Women's History Month!

March is Women's History Month! Check out our poster series featuring alumni and coaches, as well as a literature collection with stories and recommended texts for historical context.
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