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These latest updates from the speech and debate community were too good not to share. Check them out below!

One of a Kind Fundraising Opportunity
Now your friends can understand what we do! » Erica Dasher and Sami Kriegstein (Harvard National Champs 2004, Nat Finalists 2003-2004) made a documentary about speech and debate, and it’s hitting theaters right now! It’s called Figures of Speech (formerly This is Not a Club), and it follows four Duos as they fight to make it onto our National finals stage. Actor Chris Pine (Star Trek) saw an early screening and asked if he could narrate. (Yes, it’s that good!)

Erica and Sami have set up a special campaign that allows you to raise funds for your team and school using the documentary. They've teamed up with TUGG, a nationally-recognized theatrical distribution company, to make this possible. Also, each host receives 5% of the total ticket sales!

This is a fantastic opportunity, and we hope you decide to host a screening. Click here to learn more!
Online Scholarship Competition – May 21
Register for the Great Communicator Debate Series » We're pleased to pass along the following invitation from our partner organization the Reagan Foundation.

All high school debaters are welcome to participate in the Great Communicator Debate Series – Online Competition, which will be held Saturday, May 21.
The top two winners of the Online Competition will automatically qualify for the national championship held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, and the opportunity to win a share of $40,000 in scholarship money at the national finals in July!

The regional debate topic is, “The United States primary system is an ineffective method for selecting the best possible candidates for president.”

Additional information about the competition and many resources can be found at
To register your team, please ask your coach to visit our page on The registration deadline is May 14.
Advanced Instruction, Amazing Value!
Sign Up for the Summer Online Institute » Learn from some of the finest minds in competitive speech and debate at an incredible price! Our experienced instructors and guest speakers, many of whom are former national champions or award-winning coaches, have designed courses to develop your skills and deliver content through one-on-one, small, and large group interaction on our online learning platform.The Online Institute offers sessions devoted to Policy Debate, Congressional Debate, Interpretation Events, Original Oratory, Public Forum Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate. For more information, visit
Webinar Spotlight
Nationals Starts NOW: Can I and Should I Tweak My Qualifying Oratory?
(May 9 at 6:00 p.m. CT) – presented by Bob Ickes

World Schools Webbernar: Points of Information
(May 11 at 7:00 p.m. CT) – presented by Mark Webber
National Speech & Debate Association
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