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Your Four Pathways to the High School National Tournament
There are multiple ways to get to Nationals. What path will your students take?
1. Students can qualify in their main event via their district tournament. Students must be districts-eligible, meaning they are NSDA members with a Degree of Merit (at least 25 points in the Honor Society) and have an email address attached to their account. Students who are currently eligible will have a check mark in that column on your team roster. It's peak districts season! Check your tournament dates and prepare to compete.
2. Students can compete in supplementals. Every member school has the opportunity to send two member students to compete in supplemental events at the tournament. Schools and students need not have participated in districts to register, but students must be districts-eligible. This year, students may compete in up to two supplemental speech events based on the pattern.
3. Students can qualify in their main event via the free, online Last-Chance Qualifier. Students must be districts-eligible but do not need to have attended districts to participate; schools must have had at least one entry at districts. Enter up to four of your school’s students in each event (up to six in Big Questions) for a chance to be a top-placing competitor at the Last-Chance Qualifier and earn a spot at the National Tournament! Plus, after each event's qualifiers have been determined, a limited number of additional qualifying opportunities will be available for entries from schools that had no national qualifiers before the Last-Chance Qualifier. Our goal is to give schools who otherwise would not be attending access to National Tournament competition. The Last-Chance Qualifier will be held online on April 27-29. Details and registration »
4. Students can represent their district in World Schools Debate. All districts are allowed to enter up to two teams of three to five students for the National Tournament Invitational. Students must have competed at the district tournament to be eligible for the WS team. Districts may select these students however they'd like.
Attending Nationals? Grants Are Available for High Schools
We are proud to pledge $100,000 to schools that need financial assistance in order to attend the high school National Tournament.
Find and Share Fundraising Ideas
Our fundraising hub now includes a collection of ideas from the community, from haunted houses to applying for corporate grants. Check out the collection for inspiration and share any ideas of your own by completing the form!
Are Your Students Competing in Big Questions This Year?
Get them involved in the Asynchronous Big Questions Scholarship Tournament supported by the John Templeton Foundation. Students in grades 6-12 can enter for free and compete for over $2,500 in scholarships. Entries are due by April 5, 2023! Find out more and register today »
Add Your Cell Phone Number for NSDA Texts
When you add your cell phone number and provider to your NSDA Account, you'll receive occasional texts about upcoming deadlines and opportunities based on the events in which you indicated interest. Please take one minute to log in and edit your personal info if you haven't added your number yet!
Join Us in Celebrating Women's History Month in March
Browse our collection of literature for relevant speech topics for your students, utilize our printable posters to create a space where students feel welcomed and encouraged to learn, or use our template to create posters featuring your own team members!
Let Us Plan Your Next Class or Practice with the Start Here Series
Have you tried out our Start Here series? The expertly crafted curriculum is ready for your practice or classroom, and multiple collections have been added this year! Best of all, the materials come with your NSDA membership, including the lessons, videos, and textbooks.
Whether you are taking on a class or team for the first time next year or just want to pull a few new activities to refresh your existing plans, we have you covered! Coaches of all experience levels have graded it an A! Middle school lessons are also appropriate for high school novices. Take the next steps in guiding your students on their pathway to success!
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