NSDE Day History

2017 Celebrity Video Series

We’re excited to share a special thank you message for speech and debate coaches from Bradley Whitford. See what this parent and classically trained actor has to say about the valuable work that coaches do every day!

Bradley Whitford Video - Thank You, Coaches!

Check out more videos from Bradley Whitford by clicking the links below.

“If you want to become a politician, news anchor, or Oprah, join your school’s speech and debate team.” — Bradley Whitford

2017 Posters

With thanks to our student artists!
Michael Bole from A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (FL) and Cindy Ha from Perry High School (AZ)

2017 Polling Results

(Thank you for participating on March 3, 2017!)

How do you get pumped up for competition?

Describe your coach in one word!

What have you gained from speech and debate?

U.S. Senate Resolutions

2017 U.S. Senate Resolution

On March 3, 2017, the value of speech and debate activities were once again affirmed by the United States Senate. Co-sponsors of S.Res.65 include Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Delaware).

Download a commemorative copy of the official 2017 U.S. Senate resolution for National Speech and Debate Education Day!

2016 U.S. Senate Resolution

On March 15, 2016, the hard work of our students and coaches, along with the value of speech and debate, were officially recognized by the United States Senate! Co-sponsors of S.Res.398 include Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Delaware), and Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I-Maine).

Download a commemorative copy of the official 2016 U.S. Senate resolution for National Speech and Debate Education Day!

Chuck Grassley and Scott Wunn

2016 Video Showcase

In honor of the inaugural National Speech and Debate Education Day in 2016, we asked alumni and students the question: “How did your experience in speech and debate help you get to where you are today?”

Alex Berger (1:24)
Vincent Stephens (1:15)
Stephen Tobolosky (1:28)
Poornima Vijayashanker (1:29)
Nick Kanellis (1:25)
Anna Zimmerman (0:59)
Adam Nelson (1:01)
Joseph Rothschild (1:11)
Carson Elrod (2:05)
Erin La Monica (1:41)
Brad Hall (1:02)
Matthew Bevens (1:22)
Skyler Winder (1:28)
Michael Bole (1:46)
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