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Nationals Newsletter
May 15, 2018 | A publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Student, 

Congratulations on your qualification to the largest academic competition in the world! In our  Nationals newsletters, we will share important tournament information, schedules, resources, and more.

Stories from the Stage 

We are consistently blown away by the passion, dedication, and heart behind each of the stories shared on the final round stage. In the videos below, finalists Maddie Guy and Imani Branch explain what it meant to them to share their messages with more than 60,000 people during #Nats17. 

Submit LD and PF Topic Ideas

If you have suggestions for PF and LD debate topics for the 2018-2019 school year, we want to hear them! You can access the online submission forms on our Topics page.

Updates + Reminders  

Corrected Congress Legislation » There were two minor typos in P-10 and P-21 of the National Congress Docket for High School. These changes did not impact the substance of the legislation. The updated docket can be found at
Transportation Reminder » There is no transportation provided between hotels and competition venues. All competitors and coaches are responsible for meeting their own transportation needs throughout the tournament.

Prep for Nationals with New Extemp Resources 

You can refresh your files with a new set of International Extemp resources from the Council on Foreign Relations! This collection includes four pages of articles ranging from Russia’s resurgence to disruptive technologies and the world order. 

2017 Tournament Recap Video + Lip Dub! 

Not sure what to expect at Nationals? Watch the video below for a behind the scenes look at the 2017 tournament, hear from competitors about why they love Nationals, and watch the 2017 Lip Dub! 
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