February 19, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
February 19, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Did you hear the United States Senate officially passed a resolution to declare March 1, 2019, as National Speech and Debate Education Day? Check out the details here!  

Rostrum Release 

In celebration of Black History Month and Women's History Month, we caught up with four debaters in the new issue of Rostrum magazine who represented major milestones in our history. Kristin Langwell and Rachel D'Onofrio, the first all-female Policy Debate national champions, reflect on their time in the activity and the role models who helped them along the way. Andre Hylton, a member of one of the first successful Black Policy Debate teams, discusses challenges he and his debate partner Nathan Holmes overcame and how the activity has shaped his successes. Check out these stories and more in the new issue

Announcing the 2019 Exemplary Student Service Award Finalists 

Congratulations to our six finalists for the 2019 Exemplary Student Service Award! The winner will be selected by a panel of past National Student of the Year Award recipients and announced in March. These students were selected for going above and beyond in using their speech and debate skills in service to their school or community. 
Madeline Gochee – Lincoln High School, Oregon
Manu Onteeru – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Virginia 
Cooper Phillips – Keller High School, Texas
Mateo Portelli – Bishop Gorman High School, Nevada
Oliver Stern – Ransom Everglades School, Florida
Angela Zhong – Cypress Woods High School, Texas

Literature Collection 

Celebrate Black History Month with our literature collection for Interpretation events containing more than 175 works by Black authors and playwrights. View more resources for the month here

Get the Guides: What to Expect Competing

Students and coaches can learn more about what to expect competing in a variety of speech and debate events from our guides. Each one features unique student and alumni perspectives about what to expect preparing for and competing in all of our main events! Get the guides »

How to Transfer the Record of a High School Competitor to a Coach

Did you know that NSDA alumni who become coaches can transfer one-tenth of their points earned as a student to their coaching roster? To transfer the points, visit the Coaches tab of your School Roster, select Transfer Coach, and enter their name as a student as well as the state to search for the correct student record. Choose Transfer and then Confirm
If the student (who is now a coach) graduated prior to 1996, they will not be in our system but will be in our paper files. Please send an email to info@speechanddebate.org with the coach’s name, the school and state they are coaching at, as well as their name when they graduated from high school, the school and state they graduated from, and the grad year. Once we have this information, we will add one-tenth of their high school points to their coaching record. For a visual, click the links below. 

Sign up for a Virtual Conference Pass

The 2019 NSDA National Conference is quickly approaching! If you can't join us August 4-6 in Colorado Springs, we invite you to sign up for virtual access to livestream coverage and video recordings. 
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