December Student Newsletter
December Student Newsletter

Be a Team Captain for National Speech and Debate Education Day!

On March 6, we celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day and the life-changing skills you and millions of other students have learned from this activity. Preparations are already underway for this year, and we're looking for team captains! Sign up to be a captain for your school and receive our toolkit and free resources to help plan how your team will celebrate!
As you plan for your team to celebrate, don't forget your coach! Schedule a special thank you message to appear in their email inbox on March 6. 

Extemp Practice Questions

What does the recent indictment of Netanyahu mean for Israel’s political future? Prepare for that question and more with a new set of IX and USX practice questions.


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December Congress Legislation 

Member students can prepare to compete with new Congress legislation. The December docket includes legislation regarding tenant protections, increasing the salaries of all public school teachers, protecting the Kurdish people, and more.

Congress Demo Debate 

Resource Package subscribers can enjoy a demo Congressional debate from the Central Minnesota district tournament.

Sample World Schools Motions

Access new prepared and impromptu World Schools motions including pay for stay-at-home parents, the benefits of German reunification, adding ethnic studies as a high school graduation requirement, and more. 

PF Demo Debate 

Resource Package subscribers can enjoy a demo debate and reason for decision on the November/December PF topic, Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.

LD Debate Topic Analysis

Check out an analysis of the current Lincoln-Douglas Debate topic, Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.
Think for yourself & win a $5,000 scholarship. Let Grow's Think for Yourself Essay Contest is an opportunity for high school students to consider the value of having an open mind in their everyday lives. Apply at by February 28, 2020. Winning essays have appeared in: Education Week, USA Today, New York Post. Apply Now.

Access Free Resources for Extemp and Interp

Earlier this month, we celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a new set of themed resources. Check out posters, a literature collection, Extemp questions, and more! 
"Speech and Debate gave me an outlet for my competitive spirit. Participating in it for four years, countless tournaments, going to state and nationals, really helped to sharpen my academic and speaking skills that I will use forever." Alistair Tollar Bethany Christian High School, IN - Class of 2019 "Doing speech and debate was a truly priceless and fun time I am forever grateful for. It provided me a supportive environment to express myself during a time when I was going through a lot of transition, suffering from depression, and discovering who I was." Marie Burke Skyview High School, MT – Class of 2005 Actress
For more like this, check out our other collections for Black History Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Pride Month

Win Scholarships Through The American Legion Oratorical Contest

The American Legion Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that develops deeper knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship. Competition progresses through local community, regional and state levels, culminating in a national contest every April in Indianapolis where American Legion Oratorical winners certified from each state vie for the top championship title and an $20,000 scholarship.
Each certified state winner participating in the national contest receives a $1,500 scholarship, with those advancing to the second round receiving an additional $1,500 scholarship. For more information about The American Legion Oratorical Contest in your state, click here.
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