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May 22, 2018 | A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Student, 

This week, we share two new videos, a special event invitation, and two big award announcements. Jump in below! 

Stories from the Stage 

Check out the second installment in our Stories from the Stage series! In the video below, finalists JJ Kapur and Connor Sears explain what it meant to them to share their messages with more than 60,000 people during #Nats17. 

National Student of the Year Award Finalists 

We are pleased to announce the 2018 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, which is presented by the friends and family of Minh A. Luong, here

Middle School Principal of the Year Award

Congratulations to the 2018 Middle School Principal of the Year! Errol Evans has put himself above the crowd as an administrator and supporter of speech and debate, and we are proud to recognize his contributions to our community! 
"Mr. Evans' willingness to use his facility and staff after school hours to promote our activity is indicative of the level of service he’s willing to provide to our thriving speech and debate community. I’m very proud to say that Attucks has hosted four very successful Elementary After-School Tournaments this year, with the most recent having almost 300 third, fourth, and fifth graders competing in Original Oratory, Interpretation, Impromptu, or Congress."

- James Payne
Attucks Middle School Speech and Debate Coach

Watch our Live Event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 

The National Speech & Debate Association is partnering with the Broward County Public Schools Active Voice Project to kickoff the 2018 National Speech & Debate Tournament with a LIVE event held at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School called Powerful Voices. Meaningful Changes. 

This event will showcase the importance of empowering students to exercise their voices to express their views and participate actively in an open exchange of ideas as taught through speech and debate. We invite you to watch the event via livestream, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 16.  Learn more »

Updates and Reminders

LD and PF Topic Suggestions » If you have suggestions for PF and LD debate topics for the 2018-2019 school year, we want to hear them! You can access the online submission forms on our Topics page.
WSD Motion Change » The Octafinal round for World Schools Debate has changed from an impromptu to a prepared motion. Teams will debate the following: This House believes that Puerto Rico should become an independent nation state. For more information on World Schools motions, click here

Tournament Lunches   

Lunches provided by HoneyBaked Ham will be available for purchase by students, judges, and guests at each school site each day. Meals will cost $8 apiece and include a main entree, chips (with sandwiches only) and a cookie. Entree options will include a ham sandwich, turkey sandwich, Mediterranean veggie on flatbread, garden salad, and fruit bowl. Buying from our onsite vendors is the most convenient way to do lunch at the tournament! Cash and credit will both be accepted onsite.

Public Forum Topic Analysis   

You can prepare for competition at the National Tournament with the latest Public Forum Topic Analysis from the Institute for Speech and Debate, excerpted below. 
Affirmative teams at the National Tournament will want to embrace arguments highlighting the advantages of having more free trade in the global economy. While it will be important for affirmative teams to explain why the United States’ participation is critical to NAFTA’s successes/benefits, many of the arguments are going to be your “free trade good” arguments that advocates have made for decades. It is important for affirmative teams to paint a picture of what trade looked like BEFORE NAFTA, or what NAFTA would look like without the U.S. – and draw comparisons to those worlds.

National Tournament Livestream   

Spread the word! Friends, family, and supporters back home can watch live coverage of the National Speech & Debate Tournament final round competition and awards on our livestream, presented by Victory Briefs Institute. Visit for details and click the video below for a special look at the magic of our final rounds! 

Raise Money for the Tate Fund with Social Media

Just by using the new social network, (part of the suite of apps), you could help us win $50,000 in their special Non-Profit MeggaChallenge! Create an account on and join the NSDA group by June 29! Not only will you help the NSDA, you can also secure a better financial future for yourself. If we win the challenge, we'll add the $50,000 prize to the William Woods Tate, Jr., Fund to help send under-resourced schools to future National Tournaments!
By using and the other apps in the network you accumulate points in a savings plan that can be cashed out later on. “The Non-Profit MeggaChallenge gives our supporters an easy and fun way to engage with each other,” says J. Scott Wunn of the National Speech & Debate Association. “The MeggaChallenge is just one more incredible innovation from EF Hutton.”
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