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September 26, 2016
September 26, 2016
September 26, 2016  |  A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach,

Check out details about our exciting new partnership plus how your team can get involved with the 2016 election!
If you have not yet renewed your membership, this is the last weekly coach newsletter you will receive! To stay in touch and regain the benefits of membership, renew now:
EF Hutton Scholarship Awards for Speech and Debate » We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with EF Hutton, the legendary brand in financial services. EF Hutton will be awarding $5,000 scholarships to the champions of the National Tournament beginning in Birmingham and continuing for at least two more years. The partnership is an amazing opportunity for the speech and debate community. Please join us in warmly welcoming EF Hutton and thanking them for their generous support! 
Vice Presidential Debate Watch Parties » Watch parties are set for the vice presidential debates on Tuesday, October 4 in Iowa (Steve Schappaugh), Colorado (Renee Motter), Ohio (Chase Williams), Florida (Megan West), and North Carolina (Jonathan Peele). If you are hosting an event and would like to be part of our series of polls and press releases, please email to be included.
Letters to the Next President » We have partnered with the National Writing Project to support the Letters to the Next President campaign. This initiative gives the next generation of voters a unique opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas about the issues that matter most to them in the upcoming election. Encourage your students to write a letter to the next president and make their voices heard! This is a great activity to have on-hand for substitutes! For more information or to view the collection of letters, click here
The Faces of Speech & Debate » We want to feature your team in action! Snap some natural, high-quality pictures of your team engaged in classroom activities or during practice and our marketing team may use them for our web pages, posters, social media, and more! Send your images to or share them with us directly on Facebook
Public Forum Topic Selection » Chapter advisors and member students can vote online to choose their favorite PF topic for the month of November. The TOPIC AREA is Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). To log in and access the ballot, visit Voting ends September 30 at 4:00 p.m. CT.
Policy Debate Topic Selection » Don't forget, chapter advisors and member students can help select the 2017-2018 Policy Debate resolution. To access the link to vote online, visit and follow the online ballot instructions. The two most preferred topic areas will be placed on a second online ballot in November. Voting closes October 15 at 4:00 p.m. CT.
Signing Up Your Students » Coaches, want to learn more about getting your students signed up on our new website so they can access all of our great resources? Click here for a step-by-step tutorial! Be sure to remind your students that they should use their formal names, capitalizing the first letters of their first, middle (optional), and last names, when they create an account.
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