"Speech and debate is more than an extra-curricular activity. Being part of the National Speech & Debate Honor Society helped me connect with numerous colleges. It gave me the tools to become confident in who I am."
– Jack Coborn Ellis
"The National Speech & Debate Association is by far the most important organization that has touched my life. The time spent with my speech and debate team has completely changed who I am. Competing in speech and debate helped me become a better student and a better human being."
– Mina Hoffman
"There is no doubt that every lesson, friendship, and skill I took away from speech and debate was formative to my work today. It shaped the way I think, and the way I'm able to strategically operate working in the Obama Administration. I'm indebted to the speech and debate community."
– Vikrum Dav Aiyer
"Speech and debate offers the opportunity to make friends, develop relationships, and discover things about yourself you never would have before! If you want to learn new things and be challenged, participate in speech and debate.”
– Leslie Muhlback
"The people, the tournament, the skills you gain—speech and debate is an amazing experience. Before this activity, I was really shy. Now, performing in front of people makes me excited. Speech and debate is awesome!”
– Jared Shapiro
"Speech and debate builds self-confidence in young kids. As a mom, it's also given me confidence that my son has the ability to pursue anything he wants. He's transitioned from someone not comfortable standing in front of a crowd to thriving at tournaments."
– Ajitha Watal
We connect, support, and inspire individuals and schools devoted to giving middle school, high school and collegiate students access to speech and debate. Together, we give youth a voice.
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