April Student Newsletter
April Student Newsletter
Join Us for Live Final Round Watch Parties!
NSDA coach Renea L. Moss of Miramar High School invites you to join her weekly virtual NSDA Final Round Watch Parties. Featured competitors have been invited to join one or more of the watch parties so you can learn tips from the finalists themselves! Tune in this week for: 
  • POI: Thursday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Public Forum: Tuesday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Lincoln-Douglas: Thursday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. ET


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Virtual Recognition Opportunities 

Are you a Team Captain or interested in celebrating your team's success? Talk to your coach about our guide to virtual banquets including templates for team superlative certificates, gifts for seniors, and more! Make sure to share photos (or screenshots) of your celebration with us on social media. You can also purchase pins, honor cords, and other insignia to celebrate your achievements this year. 
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Read the 2020 Nationals FAQ

The 2020 National Tournament is moving online, and we know you have questions about how that will work! Check out answers to some of the most frequently asked questions here and stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. 

Four Ways to Practice At Home: 

1. New Drills for Practicing at Home 

Practice at home with new Advanced Speech activities! Featuring daily drills, common mishaps, and more, we've curated these tips specifically for practicing without your coach or team. Check them out here.

2. Watch 2019 Finals with Open Resource Package Access

As you navigate online practices, we want to put as many tools at your disposal as possible. We have given all current member students access to the Resource Package through the end of our fiscal year in July 2020. Check out final round performances from the 2019 National Tournament, click here to find more resources you can access, or scan the Resource Table based on Access Level.

3. World Schools Debate Demo with Team USA 

Learn more about World Schools Debate and competing online with this demo round from members of the USA Debate Team on the motion: This House supports government control of social networking sites in times of national emergencyWatch here

4. United States Extemp Final Round Breakdown

In these new videos, two-time national champion Jacqueline Wei breaks down her 2019 USX final round performance. She explains how she selected her attention grabbers, how she narrowed the focus of the question, linking humorous transitions to tags, retaining time, tightening structure, using casual vs. formal tone, making in-the-moment decisions, and more. Breakdowns are available for both beginner-level and advanced students. 
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