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September Student Newsletter
September Student Newsletter

Dear Student,

We share the latest news and resources from the speech and debate community below in our monthly student newsletter! 

Competition Events Guide

If you're just starting out with speech and debate or considering a new challenge for a new year, be sure to explore our Competition Events Guide! Read up on event descriptions, traits of successful competitors, and structural components, as well as tips on script selection, research, flowing, refutation, and more.  

Access Diverse Literature Collections

As you look for literature for Interpretation events this fall, our collections for Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Pride Month are a great resource. 

Submit a Design: Student Poster Contest 

National Speech and Debate Education Day is March 6, 2020 and member students are eligble to enter our poster contest! Each year, a student-designed poster is displayed at the NSDA national office, reproduced on our website, shared on our social media channels, and used by teams across the country leading up to March 6 to spread the word about National Speech and Debate Education Day.
Last year's winning poster was designed by Uzo Ngwu from Apple Valley High School in Minnesota.
Submit your design by December 6 for consideration! 

Kickstart Your Research with Policy Debate Starter Files

Policy Debate is a two-on-two debate where an affirmative team proposes a plan and the negative team argues why that plan should not be adopted. This year's topic is, Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States. Download the 2019-2020 starter files to get started with the topic or learn more about Policy Debate here

A Look Back at the 2019 National Tournament

Flip through the latest issue of the Nationals Chronicle, which takes a look back at the 2019 National Tournament, celebrates our award winners, and shares the best moments from the week. 

Read Rostrum Magazine

Don't miss the latest issue of Rostrum magazine! In this issue you can read about an alum who argued in front of the Supreme Court, pick up tips for World Schools Debate, and meet the 2019 NSDA National Student of the Year

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

We're excited to share our series of resources designed to help speech and debate teams celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! Special thanks to our partners at the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies for their work on this project. 
Poster Series » Commemorate the month at your school or recruit new members for your team with our posters featuring Hispanic/Latinx speech and debate alumni!
Competition Resources » Explore practice resources for Congressional Debate, Extemp, and Impromptu!
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Recognition Spotlight: Academic All American Award

The prestigious Academic All American award celebrates the academic excellence and competitive success of high school students. To be eligible, students must have earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points); completed at least 5 semesters of high school; demonstrated outstanding character and leadership; and earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).  
If we believe you may be eligible, it will be indicated on your NSDA account. Log in now to check! If you meet all the criteria, please ask your advisor to begin the free application process on your behalf. 
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