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September 2015  |  A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear District Leader,

Thank you for being an integral part of this life-changing activity! As a district leader, you will receive our newsletters once a month with important updates, resources, and reminders tailored to keep you informed about the speech and debate community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
Register District Tournament Dates » District chairs should register all district tournament dates by November 1. Log in to your dashboard to access the Points Application, then click "Tournament Dates" on the left and complete the form. Be sure to update any dates that may have changed! Contact Lisa Vossekuil at or call (920) 748-6206 with any questions.
The District Chair Role: Planning for a Successful Year » In addition to ensuring a successful district tournament series, district chairs represent your district's needs and provide an essential tie between national and local efforts. Join this webinar to learn more about the role of chair and how we can support you in different ways throughout the school year. This session is open to district chairs of any experience level. It is mandatory for new chairs, but will include useful information for those who have served before. As always, veteran chairs have much to contribute and are welcome to join in the conversation!

Sign up for a time slot during next week's webinar offerings by clicking here. New chairs who are unable to attend should contact Amy Seidelman at
Student Leadership Committee » Encourage students in your district to apply for the 2015-2016 Student Leadership Committee! The SLC is designed to represent the needs of the student body by connecting, supporting, and inspiring student leaders to advocate on behalf of all members. For additional information, or to access the online application form, visit The deadline to apply is September 23.
New Pilot Events » At the Spring Board of Directors Meeting, the Board unanimously voted to run a one-year pilot of Informative Speaking (INF) and Program Oral Interpretation (POI). In the pilot year 2015-2016, each member school may enter two students in each of the two events, and they will NOT count toward the school’s entry quota. Each district will receive two qualifiers to the 2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament. Our updated High School Competition Events Guide includes an introduction to both events. To learn more, click here.
USA Debate Team Announced » Nine students were selected to represent our country as members of the 2015-2016 USA Debate team. Congratulations to Milan Amritraj (CA), Nikolas Angelopoulos (CA), Sonya Huang (CA), Amit Kukreja (NJ), Julia Lauer (NY), Joshua May (NM), Nikhil Ramaswamy (TX), Liz Yount (CA), and Matthew Zheng (CA). We look forward to following your travels!
Recruitment Video » Check out this great video highlighting the tremendous value of speech and debate! Encourage new programs in your area to use this video to recruit new students or to inspire current students to chase their dreams through speech and debate activities. To watch the video, click here.
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