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Alumni Newsletter – November 2015
A publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Alum,

Thank you for being a lifetime member of the National Speech & Debate Association! As you journey through college, the workforce, and beyond, we want to stay connected with you! This quarterly update will help keep you informed of news and notes from the speech and debate community.
Tell Your Story; Help Our Cause » We need your help to raise awareness of speech and debate at a local and national level! Telling your story is the best way to advocate for speech and debate. Please consider participating in this alumni survey, which will be used in the dissertation research of three-diamond coach J. Scott Baker. The results will be shared with our organization to help us advocate for speech and debate activities! Thank you in advance for taking time to reflect on your middle school or high school years with us. The survey is open through November 20. Get started by clicking here.
Earn College Recognition » As a lifetime member of the National Speech & Debate Association, you also receive free membership in Pi Kappa Delta (PKD), the national honorary for collegiate speech and debate! If you currently attend a college/university and participate in speech and debate activities (or would like to begin a program), please fill out this application for PKD membership. Want to learn more about PKD? Visit our website at or email

Big Questions Debate » 
The Association is conducting research into the benefits of debate on students, judges, and the general public. Please join us for a pilot function in Salt Lake City on November 11 featuring a dozen high school students who will debate the topic, "Resolved: Science leaves no room for free will." We need audience members for our research design. Please come watch a round, take a pre- and post-round survey, and have lunch on us!
WHO:      The National Speech & Debate Association, 12 Outstanding High School Students, and YOU
WHAT:     Watch high quality debate about the nature of free will, and enjoy FREE LUNCH

WHERE:  Salt Lake City Sheraton Hotel (150 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)

WHEN:    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (two time options below)
Arrive 10:15 a.m.; take pre-round survey; watch debate; post-round survey; lunch at 12:45 p.m.
Arrive 12:15 p.m.; take pre-round survey; lunch at 12:45 p.m.; watch debate; post-round survey; end by 3:00 p.m.
Nats16 Results » If you haven't seen the Summer Rostrum yet, you can check it out online by clicking here. Our latest issue includes exclusive photos, results, and more from the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas!

Alumni Spotlight » Click here to read our recent profile on Audrey Cooper, Editor-In-Chief of The San Francisco Chronicle and former two-time Nationals competitor for Shawnee Mission High School in Kansas.
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