February Student Newsletter
February Student Newsletter

Check out what's new in the speech and debate world!  

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month! We encourage you to mark the month by celebrating Black Excellence on your team or in our community. Download posters from our collection, share this new video on social, or use it to recruit new members for your team!

Vote on the National Tournament T-Shirt

Head over to our Instagram story and cast your vote to choose the color for the #Nats21 Tournament T-shirt! This poll is only active for 24 hours, so make sure to cast your vote now. 
Stay tuned for information on T-shirt pre-orders later this spring!
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New Competitive Resources

Performance Breakdown: Crafting a Duo Interp

Dive into the process of putting together a Duo performance from start to finish. This course, geared toward both students and coaches, offers a look behind the scenes at the cutting, blocking, practicing, and performing of a final round Duo. Get a sneak peek of what to expect in the video below!

Public Forum Topic Analysis

Members can access new files on the February Public Forum topic, Resolved: On balance, the benefits of urbanization in West Africa outweigh the harms.

Lincoln-Douglas Advanced Research

Resource Package subscribers can access fresh files on the January/February Lincoln-Douglas topic, Resolved: States ought to ban lethal autonomous weapons.

Fresh Extemp Questions

Will Kim Jong Un ever consider denuclearization? How should the Biden administration address fossil fuel industries in the next four years? Members can access these questions and more in our new set of Extemp practice questions

World Schools Debate Motions

Members can check out an updated set of prepared and impromptu motions for World Schools Debate, including This House would ban the filibuster in the Senate or This House, as the United States, supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Thank You Grams

Show your thanks to a teacher, coach, admin, or other team leader on National Speech and Debate Education Day with a Thank You Gram! Sign up here and we'll send a message on March 5 to whomever you choose, thanking them for their support in a tough year. 

Celebrate Speech and Debate!

Make a plan to celebrate speech and debate's biggest day on March 5, 2021, National Speech and Debate Education DaySign up to be a captain for your school and receive our digital toolkit and free resources to help plan how your team will celebrate the life-changing skills millions of students have gained through this activity.
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