Nationals Newsletter - May 26, 2020
Nationals Newsletter - May 26, 2020

Meet Our 2020 National Student of the Year Finalists!

We are pleased to announce the 2020 William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year finalists. These six incredible seniors will interview with a panel of distinguished coaches and the winner will be announced on Thursday, June 18 as part of a livestreamed National Tournament Posting Party. Learn more about the National Student of the Year Award and see the full list of district winners here.
2020 National Student of the Year Finalists- Shilpa Gunuganti, Benjamin Haug, Alexandra Kallaher, Leila Khan, Jaylon Muchison, Mariah William

Celebrating our Community Members

Congratulations to our 2020 national coach and administrator award winners! These four outstanding members of our speech and debate community will be celebrated during our National Tournament Opening Ceremony and Awards Ceremonies. Learn more »
Congratulations! 2020 High School Administrator of the Year Bethany Bohall - Saint Mary's Hall, TX Congratulations! 2020 High School New Coach of the Year Zachary Bolen - Grant County High School, KY
Congratulations! 2020 High School Assistant Coach of the Year Scott Voss, Apple Valley High School, MN Congratulations! 2020 Middle School Coach of the Year Shawna Christenson - The Weiss School, FL

Review Competition Manuals

If you have not already, please take a few minutes to review the manuals for the National Tournament, Senior Open, and Middle School Speech Challenge.

Senior Open Registration: Friday, May 29

An adult representative from each school participating in the Senior Open should plan to attend tournament registration sometime between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, May 29. You'll be emailed a link to your registration room directly later this week. 

Tournament Schedules

See a round-by-round breakdown of the Middle School Speech Challenge (presented by Summit Debate), National Tournament, and Senior Open.

National Tournament Registration: Sunday, June 14

An adult representative from each school participating in the National Tournament should plan to attend tournament registration on Sunday, June 14. You'll be emailed a link to your registration room and time window prior to registration. 

National Congress Placards

Students competing in Congress at the National Tournament can download our editable Congress placard for use in session here. Competitors may choose Senator or Representative, add their last name, and enter their pronouns, if desired. If students are unable to print a placard, they can also be requested via mail by emailing by Wednesday, May 27. 

Reminder: Judge Restrictions

College-age judges must have completed their second year (four semesters). All judges must be at least two full years out of high school to be eligible to judge. Ineligible judges’ schools will incur a $700 fine. In early June, you will have the ability to make judge changes again, if necessary.

Pre-Order Your Exclusive National Tournament Souvenir!

A one-of-a-kind souvenir for a one-of-a-kind tournament! Get your unicorn to celebrate the first ever online National Tournament.

Deadline Extended: Apply on Behalf of Students in Need of Support 

In light of the National Tournament moving online, the William Woods Tate, Jr., Fund will provide financial assistance so that students can have a more equitable experience. We have a limited pool of funding, so we ask that you only apply on behalf of students you know most need these funds by tomorrow, May 27. The fund will provide accepted students competing in main events at the National Tournament with a $50 to $75 check payable by June 1 so that they can purchase technology, pay for internet access, or acquire other resources that will allow them a more equitable experience. 

Weigh in on Debate Topics for Next Year

We want your voice to be included in the topic wording processes! Submit topic suggestions for 2020-2021 Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum topics by June 1 and about the new topic voting processes being used next year.

Follow Along for Updates and Behind-the-Scenes Content!

We'll all miss the in-person connections at the National Tournament, but our social media pages will give you the chance to meet competitors from across the country and hear their stories!
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Connect with Colleges, Explore Camps, and Check Out Team Tools

Don't miss our 2020 Expos! Mark you calendar and plan to join us online for the Senior Open Virtual Expo on Friday, May 29 and the National Tournament Virtual Expo on Sunday, June 14.  Our Virtual Expos provide a safe and organized environment in which coaches, parents, and students can connect with exhibitors and take advantage of great deals. See you there!
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