“We are living in a turbulent time, and we need more people to stand up for hope, compassion, and defiance of oppression. Because of this activity I am not alone, and I am not afraid.”

— Kyle Akerman, Class of 2008

“I know there is no challenge that I can’t overcome, no argument that I can’t win, and no presentation that I can’t destroy because I was given the tools to succeed as a student.”

— Cory Williams, Class of 2010

“Through that hard work, we gain the skills necessary to succeed.”

— Danielle Camous, Class of 2009

“You just need to have a passion and a drive.”

— Rafey Khan and Cornelia Fraser, Class of 2017

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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.

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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.

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