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Join the Ranks of These Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni Criteria

Speech and debate alumni who are included on our Notable Alumni page should meet the following criteria. The Notable Alumni page is not a ranking, but a confirmation that speech and debate has the power to unleash the true potential of young people. These leaders are just a few examples from our diverse alumni community.

Overarching Criteria

  • Regional, national, or international recognition
  • Holds a prominent position in an organization, company, community, or government
  • Is a recognized expert or leader in their profession or specialty
  • Devotes time and effort to improving lives and communities
  • May include active, former, and retired roles
  • Previous speech and debate competitor (non NSDA members welcome)

Examples by Category

Authors & Filmmakers
  • Individuals who have made significant contributions to literature, the visual or performing arts. Includes authors, producers, writers, and filmmakers
  • Editor-in-Chief or publisher of a national publication
Business & Economics
  • Leaders and executives of major international, national, or regional corporations; entrepreneurs who have founded and established major business enterprises; owners or primary shareholders of privately held companies
  • President/Chairman/CEO of a nationally recognized company
  • Top-ranking corporate officer of a Fortune 500, NYSE, or Nasdaq company
Community & Social Services
  • Individuals who have made important contributions to the betterment of society and their communities as either executives or volunteer leaders of major not-for-profit institutions
  • Individuals who have made major philanthropic commitments to the betterment of an institution and their communities
Communication & News
  • Individuals who have made major contributions in journalism and other media.
Culinary Arts
  • Individuals who have made major contributions in the culinary arts. Own and operate one or more notable restaurant(s), created a signature innovation, received culinary awards and recognition
Education
  • Individuals who have made significant contributions to research and their scholarly discipline; individuals who have assumed national or regional leadership positions in education
  • College or University President
  • Dean or higher level position at an accredited, nationally recognized college, or university
Entertainment
  • Individuals who have made significant contributions to the performing arts or the entertainment and arts industries and communities
  • Lead actor on a nationally broadcast tv show, movie, or Broadway production
  • Producer/Director of a nationally recognized film or TV show
  • Radio or television personality in a major media market
  • National Award Winner (Pulitzer, Academy, Grammy, Emmy, Tony, etc.)
Government
  • Individuals who have been elected to major political office, including: U.S. Congress; leaders in state government and state legislatures; and mayors of large cities
  • Individuals who have served in high-level appointed or elected positions in national or state government, including the military
Law
  • Individuals who have made major contributions in law
Technology
  • Individuals who have made major contributions in technology

Buiness & Economics

  • Leaders and executives of major international, national, or regional corporations; entrepreneurs who have founded and established major business enterprises; owners or primary shareholders of privately held companies
  • President/Chairman/CEO of a nationally recognized company
  • Top-ranking corporate officer of a Fortune 500, NYSE, or Nasdaq company

Community & Social Services

  • Individuals who have made important contributions to the betterment of society and their communities as either executives or volunteer leaders of major not-for-profit institutions
  • Individuals who have made major philanthropic commitments to the betterment of an institution and their communities

Communication & News

  • Individuals who have made major contributions in journalism and other media. 

Culinary Arts

  • Individuals who have made major contributions in the culinary arts. Own and operate one or more notable restaurant(s), created a signature innovation, received culinary awards and recognition

Education

  • Individuals who have made significant contributions to research and their scholarly discipline; individuals who have assumed national or regional leadership positions in education
  • College or University President
  • Dean or higher level position at an accredited, nationally recognized college, or university

Entertainment

  • Individuals who have made significant contributions to the performing arts or the entertainment and arts industries and communities
  • Lead actor on a nationally broadcast tv show, movie, or Broadway production
  • Producer/Director of a nationally recognized film or TV show
  • Radio or television personality in a major media market
  • National Award Winner (Pulitzer, Academy, Grammy, Emmy, Tony, etc.)

Technology

  • Individuals who have made major contributions in technology

Government

  • Individuals who have been elected to major political office, including: U.S. Congress; leaders in state government and state legislatures; and mayors of large cities
  • Individuals who have served in high-level appointed or elected positions in national or state government, including the military

Law

  • Individuals who have made major contributions in law

Nomination Form

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Nominee Information
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