March 5, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
March 5, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Below we share a recap of National Speech and Debate Education Day and other news from the speech and debate world. 

Recapping National Speech and Debate Education Day 

More than 850 teams across the country joined us in celebrating National Speech and Debate Education Day on Friday, March 1 in their classrooms, at tournaments, and in their communities! We are proud to help call attention to the life-changing impact of speech and debate and the work you do as coaches every day. Mark your calendar for next year's celebration on March 6, 2020!

Meet Margo Batha, 2019 National Educator of the Year 

Our 2019 National Educator of the Year is Margo Batha of Los Alamos High School in New Mexico!  Watch her team suprise her with the news, then learn more about Margo, see some of her lesson plans, and read the entirety of her personal statement (excerpted below) here
"The 'Speech and Debate Effect' is what motivates a quiet student to speak, encourages a student to inspire citizens of another country, and motivates students to effect change in their local communities. It is what sits at the core of all of my work with students." 

Exemplary Student Service Award Winner

Join us in congratulating our 2019 Exemplary Student Service Award recipient, Madeline Gochee from Lincoln High School in Oregon! 
A panel of past National Student of the Year Award recipients selected Madeline for her efforts to organize a school-wide walkout for gun reform and for her service with Mission: Citizen and the Teen Council of Planned Parenthood. Learn more about Madeline in the nominating essay from her coach Jennifer Owen and keep an eye out for a profile in the next issue of Rostrum! 

Register to Attend the 2019 Middle School National Tournament!

The Middle School National Tournament, presented by Summit Debate, is an open invitational that attracts more than 850 students from 160 schools. Registration is now open! Students do not need to qualify for the tournament; all eligible entries are welcome, space permitting. Coaches can register online until April 24 at All entries will be placed on a waitlist and taken off the waitlist once payment has been received (space permitted, up to four). Learn more or register »

National Conference Session Spotlight 

We hope you can join us at the NSDA National Conference this August in Colorado Springs. Check out a session spotlight below and visit to register to attend or snag a virtual pass! 
Building and Maintaining a Successful Speech and Debate Team through Minority Students
Presenter: Donald Broussard, Baton Rouge High School, LA
This session will help guide young and seasoned coaches on how to consistently recruit African American students into your program and guide them to success. It will provide you with ideas as to convince students who are African American to not only join your team, but connect with them, motivate them, mentor them, and guide them down a path that some may not have foreseen. 
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