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September 19, 2016  |  A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
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The Summer issue of Rostrum magazine is now available online. This edition is packed with #Nats16 highlights, an overview of the Big Questions and Podius Debates series, and updated rules changes for 2016-2017. Plus, don't miss our features on the Leland High School speech and debate team, the New England District, alumni Ian Panch
èvre and Hanna Watson, and much more!
Student Leadership Committee Update » Coaches, if your student(s) applied for the SLC, notifications will go out this week with appropriate next steps. If you don't hear anything from us by the end of the week, please email
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American Legion Scholarships » As part of the NSDA’s ongoing partnership with The American Legion, the top three finishers from the Legion’s National Oratorical Contest may earn the right to compete in Original Oratory or United States Extemporaneous Speaking at the National Speech & Debate Tournament! The first-place finisher is awarded an $18,000 scholarship, second-place $16,000, and third-place $14,000. The scholarships may be used at any college or university in the United States. Download our flyer or visit to learn more!
Policy Debate Topic Selection » Chapter advisors and member students can vote online to help select the 2017-2018 Policy Debate resolution. To access the link, visit and follow the online ballot instructions. The two most preferred topic areas will be placed on a second online ballot in November. Download a synopsis of the five problem areas here.
Fundraising Opportunity » Erica Dasher and Sami Kriegstein (Harvard National Champs 2004, Nat Finalists 2003-2004) made a documentary about speech and debate, and it’s in theaters right now. It’s called Figures of Speech (formerly This is Not a Club), it’s narrated by Chris Pine (Star Trek), and it follows four duos as they fight to make it onto that National Finals Stage. Erica and Sami have set up a special campaign that allows you to raise funds for your team and school using the documentary! They've teamed up with TUGG, a nationally-recognized theatrical distribution company, to make this possible. Click here to learn more!
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