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All about the Exemplary Student Service Award and what's happening March 3
All about the Exemplary Student Service Award and what's happening March 3
January 16, 2017  |  A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach,
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Check out a new service-based student award and an early look at what we have planned for National Speech and Debate Education Day. 
Special Preview » March 3, 2017, is our biggest day of the year! We love celebrating the teachers and students who are #transformingtomorrow with speech and debate education. We're gearing up for giveaways, live polling, big announcements, and a special video from a celebrity speech and debate parent, just for you! Stay tuned...
Exemplary Student Service Award » We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Exemplary Student Service Award. This award will be given to a student who serves their school, community, city, region, or state using skills they honed through speech and debate. Nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service, one of the core tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor, for recognition. It only takes 15 minutes to submit the form on behalf of a deserving individual. Member students of all ages are eligible for this award. The recipient will:
  • Be interviewed for a profile in Rostrum magazine
  • Receive a custom award and press release distributed to major news outlets
  • Be recognized and celebrated on March 3, National Speech and Debate Education Day
Learn more about qualifications or get started with a nomination below. The deadline is February 7.
State Resolutions » Last year, we achieved a U.S. Senate resolution recognizing National Speech and Debate Education Day in March. This year, we are working to secure national, state, and local resolutions to spread awareness about our activity. We are thrilled to have state representatives willing to sponsor legislation in the following states!
Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin
If you don't see your state listed above and have any leads or connections that could bring a resolution to the floor of your state legislature or local municipality, please email Director of Community Engagement Steve Schappaugh at Check out the resolution template if you're ready to get the ball rolling. 
Last Chance for Educator of the Year » Do you know a coach who has made an impact on speech and debate education? We want to hear about them! Nominations are being accepted until Friday, January 20 for the inaugural Educator of the Year Award. Please take a moment to reflect on the wonderful coaches you work with and whether they are eligible for this national award. Check out the nomination form for more information.
We Want to Feature You » Looking for ways to celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day? Visit our page for suggestions, big and small. If you already know how you’re acknowledging the day with your team or in your classroom, let us know! Email with your plans for a chance to be included in promotional materials or to be featured on our website. Help us spread the word about the importance of speech and debate education on March 3! 
I Have a Plan!
Mentorship Activities Contest » High school students are some of the best mentors for middle school speakers, interpers, and debaters. We value the tremendous work that these mentors do for speech and debate! As we celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day, we invite all high school students to share the activities they've designed for middle school students. Submit ideas for introducing events to younger students and classroom speech and debate activities to get middle schoolers excited about our activity. Encourage your students to share their ideas on social media with the hashtag #transformingtomorrow, and their resource may be featured on our website with authorship credit. 
U.S.-China Relations » Extempers, Policy Debaters, Congressional Debaters, and folks interested in current events, join national champion Nathan Leys on Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. CT for a topic webinar on U.S.-China relations. Save your space!
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