September Student Newsletter
September Student Newsletter

Welcome back! Kick off the new school year with these resources. 

Hear from Student Experts

In our new series for members, national finalists give advice in Oratory, Public Forum, and Extemp. Check out these new instructional videos and let us know what else you would like to see from student experts in the survey at the bottom of the page. 

More New Competitive Resources

Fresh Extemp Questions

Why is conflict rising in Mozambique? Will President Trump’s “law and order” strategy resonate with swing voters? Members can access these questions and more in our new set of Extemp practice questions! 

New Lincoln-Douglas Topic Analysis

Members can use our topic analysis to learn about the September/October LD topic, Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory.

Policy Debate Sample Affirmative

Our sample affirmative case can give member teams a jump on preparing for the new competitive season!

Updated Script Database

Resource Package subscribers can use our Script Database to explore scripts used at the National Tournament in HI, DI, or Duo dating back to 1985. Filter by title, author, frequency of performances, or scripts used by finalists. A basic list of middle school and high school scripts used at the 2020 Nationals is available to all.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month! We encourage your team to celebrate the month with our tools. You can even print our posters to celebrate at home. Check out all of our available resources here. 

Read the Nationals Chronicle

Worried about online tournaments this year? Check out the recap of everything that happened at the online National Tournament this summer. If we can do it, you can too! Read the entire magazine here.

New Equity Initiatives

Building on our work from the past few years, we are proud to announce a few new Equity Initiatives approved at the May 2020 Board meeting. After receiving feedback from our 2020 National Tournament coaches' caucuses, from alumni, and from some of our members, we will start this school year with the two committees in consultation and/or partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations, the Women's Debate Institute, and the Association of Black Argumentation Professionals. Read more here. 

Reminder: National Tournament Trophies

The deadline for claiming awards earned at the 2020 National Tournament is September 30, 2020. Complete this online form to denote where items should be shipped. As a reminder, partners/teammates should fill out their own form to request their own awards. Awards not claimed by September 30, 2020 will need to be purchased from our custom trophy shop at full retail cost plus shipping. Request your award here. 
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