May 14, 2019 - Nationals Newsletter
May 14, 2019 - Nationals Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Check out details and deadlines for the National Tournament in the first installment of our Nationals Newsletter! Encourage other coaches or adults attending with your school to sign up for updates here

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

National Congress Legislation

Dockets for the High School and Middle School National Congress are now available! Thank you to all who submitted legislation. 

Last Chance to Pre-order T-shirts

Don't miss out! The deadline to pre-order your #Nats19 t-shirts for pickup during Nationals in Dallas is tomorrow, May 15. A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase on site during the week so be sure to order yours today to ensure you snag your size!
To place your order, log in to, visit your National Tournament registration, and click the Meals, T-shirts, and Resource Package tab to select sizes and quantities for T-shirts. 

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! 

2019 High School Coach of the Year

The 2019 James M. Copeland High School Coach of the Year is Cara Borgsmiller! Cara is a two-diamond coach, a district leader, and was a 2019 finalist for the National Educator of the Year Award. Learn more about Cara in the excerpt from her nomination essay below. 
"Cara goes out of her way to welcome, mentor, support, and embrace every new coach in our community. There is not a school in our district that does not use speech and debate curriculum Cara has developed or revamped. Coaches and educators in the greater Saint Louis and mid-Missouri area are successful in this career because Cara invests time, energy, support, resources, and love into each and every coach and program." 
- Robyn C. Haug
Director of Speech and Debate - Brentwood High School, MO 

Keep Reading

Share the Course: Cultural Competency Standards for Judging

An important part of making the National Tournament equitable, safe, and educational for all competitors is ensuring that our judges are well-trained. In partnership with the NFHS, we've created a short course on cultural competence. Regardless of their experience level, all judges can use a reminder of how to use cultural competency standards while adjudicating our students. 

Announcing the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees 

Congratulations to the 2019 Hall of Fame class! These individuals will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame this June. Read more about these five incredible community members here

Watch the Video: World Schools Debate at Nationals

If you're wondering what to expect as you prepare for World Schools Debate at the National Tournament, be sure to watch this video to learn more about the structure and expectations of this dynamic form of debate!

National Tournament Scholarship Form 

Scholarships earned at the National Tournament can be claimed after Nationals by graduated students who have enrolled in post-secondary school after the tournament via the National Tournament Scholarship Claim Request Form. Proof of enrollment is required and scholarship funds will be sent to the registrar. 
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