2018 Middle School Administrator of the Year
“The smiles of pride these kids have as they wear their competition medal in school are just one more testament to Mr. Evans and his belief in the value of speech and debate.” — James Payne
2018 James M. Copeland Coach of the Year
“Joni is passionate about the need to advocate for students as performers, writers, and lifelong learners. Her competitive spirit leads to never accepting ‘good enough’ for a performance.” — Dr. Polly Reikowski
D. Scott Looney
2018 High School Administrator of the Year
“In conversation after conversation, Scott routinely praises the accomplishments of our team, but more importantly, the influence of speech and debate to our community and learning environment.” — Chase Williams
2018 Middle School Coach of the Year
“With the great success of her students, it’s interesting to note that Monica never mentions winning to her team… Her focus is always on learning and improving.” — Paul VanZandt
Who We Are
The National Speech & Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities. While our organization has evolved over the decades, our mission is more relevant today than ever before. We connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate.
What We Do
The National Speech & Debate Association is the world’s largest honor society devoted to speech and debate activities, and bestows numerous awards and recognition to students, coaches, and schools. We also host the largest academic competition in the world, the National Speech & Debate Tournament. In addition, we provide numerous benefits to our members, such as resources, programs, publications, and scholarships.