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January 2016  |  A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Student,

We hope your 2016 is off to a great start! Make the most of your membership with even more online resources and unique scholarship opportunities.
Online Institute Series » We are thrilled to announce our lineup of Summer Online Institutes for LD, PF, Policy, Congress, Extemp, Interp, and Oratory. Learn from the best, right from the comfort of your own home. Affordable rates, stellar instructors, and a quality curriculum make this an easy decision to attend! If several members of your team are interested in signing up, please contact Steve Schappaugh for group pricing. Visit for more information.
Raise More Money for Your Team! » Now you can set up an easy online fundraising page with our newest partnership with Edco, an online fundraising software platform for K-12 schools that empowers students and teachers to raise money from family, friends, and other members of their community. Earn up to $500 in PowerGrantsTM to increase your fundraising potential! To get started or learn more, please visit or email
January 15 Deadline to Apply for a Full Academic Scholarship » Minerva is a uniquely global, rigorous, and accessible university program started by a former Harvard Dean and a successful entrepreneur. Minerva students live in seven of the world’s greatest cities throughout college, taking class exclusively in active learning seminars. The application is FREE and due this Friday, January 15, so learn more about Minerva and their unique, full academic scholarship for speech and debate students today!
2016-2017 Policy Debate Topic Announcement » The Policy Debate topic for 2016-2017 is Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China. For more topics, click here.
Congress Docket » The January Congressional Debate Docket, prepared by coach Kevin Berlat, is available for download at
Extemp Resources » The January set of Extemp practice questions written by coach Todd Hering are available to all members on your dashboard.
PF Topic Resources » Download the most recent PF topic analysis (member benefit) and PF evidence guide (Resource Package benefit) from coach Nefertiti Dukes by logging in to your dashboard.
World Schools Motions » Visit for the latest prepared and impromptu sample motions from coach Mark Webber. Additionally, you can find a new motions guide for members and an expanded motions guide for Resource Package subscribers on your dashboard.
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