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Take the Survey and Enter to Win Free Student Memberships
Our membership survey helps shape our priorities for the coming school year and influences the resources, recognition, and competitive opportunities we offer. In fifteen minutes you can have your voice heard and enter to win. Three high school programs and three middle school programs will be randomly selected from all complete surveys submitted by April 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CT to win free student memberships.
If you are eligible to participate in our survey, you would have received an email today, April 5, from firstname.lastname@example.org via SurveyMonkey with the subject line Response Requested: 2022 NSDA Membership and Resource Survey. Be sure to check your spam folder! We hope you'll take the time to participate and share your perspective.
Cast Your Ballot: Hall of Fame and Board of Directors
Hall of Fame Voting » Current Hall of Fame members and active coaches with three or more diamonds may vote online to select this year's inductees to the Hall of Fame. To vote, log in to your Account and select NSDA Voting from the left side menu.
Board of Directors Election » Help select the leaders of our organization! Each school shall vote for up to four candidates in our biennial Board of Directors election through the NSDA Voting section of their NSDA Account. Elected representatives shall serve from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2026. We invite you to learn more about the four candidates, by reading their statements.
Both ballots close at 4:00 p.m. CT on Friday, April 22.
Key Nationals Dates and Deadlines
Download a printable list of deadlines or mark these key dates on your calendar!
April 29: Deadline to register for the Last-Chance Qualifier.
- May 15: Deadline to register for high school and middle school Nationals. Deadline to pre-register for in-person supplementals. Deadline to register for online supplementals. Announcement of first round of Tate Fund financial assistant awards.
May 25: Deadline to move students from in-person competition to online supplementals. Deadline to submit videos for asynchronous speech events.
National Tournament Schedules
Our plans for venues and round-by-round event schedules are available on the Nationals page for you to use as you plan your team's trip to the tournament. Don't miss travel discount codes for flights and rental vehicles if you're joining us in person!
Webinar: How to Judge Congressional Debate for Beginners
Is your speech and debate program new to Congress? Do you want to provide your program's Congress judges with an opportunity for training and development? Join Coach David Long on April 11 at 6:00 p.m. CT for a fun, informative webinar aimed at students, judges, coaches, and advisors. Learn more or register »
April is Celebrate Diversity Month!
Help us continue to make speech and debate a more equitable and inclusive activity by Celebrating Diversity in April! Whether you incorporate equitable practices in your classroom, during your tournaments, or you take one of our NSDA Learn courses, when we celebrate and welcome diversity, we get a deeper understanding of those around us.
Districts-Eligible Students Have Another Chance to Qualify for Nationals
The NSDA Last-Chance Qualifier is a second chance for your students to qualify for the 2022 National Tournament! You may send up to four students in each event. Top-placing competitors at the Last-Chance Qualifier will earn a spot at the National Tournament! Students must be districts-eligible but do not need to have attended districts to participate; your school must have had at least one entry at districts. Participation is FREE, and all National Tournament main events and Big Questions will be offered. The NSDA Last-Chance Qualifier will be held online on May 5-7.
Recognize Outstanding Student Achievement
The prestigious Academic All American award recognizes high school students for academic and competitive success. To be eligible, students must have earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points); completed at least 5 semesters of high school; demonstrated outstanding character and leadership; and earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). Students who meet the points requirement are marked with a yellow box that says AAA? on your Student Roster. It's free and easy to submit a nomination!
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