American Legion Oratorical Contest
The American Legion offers student members an opportunity to supplement their experiences in speech and debate competition, particularly in Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking. The contest generally starts at a local post before progressing through a contest format based on that department (state). Winners at department (state) level will move onto the national contest. Participants compete for scholarships, including a grand prize of $25,000, runner-up receives $22,500 and third place received $20,000! Visit the American Legion website to get started.
The Council on Foreign Relations
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher that provides in-depth analysis and background on the foreign policy choices and opportunities facing the United States and the world today. Debate coaches and students can research current topical and regional issues at Foreign Affairs magazine.
CR SCORE is a platform that gives the encouragement and support of a college counselor, in the palm of your hand. CR SCORE’s mission is to empower students from all backgrounds, regardless of means, to be prepared for their educational future after high school. The app breaks down a student’s college readiness application and gives a score and detailed recommendations from a team of experts in each of the major sections of the college admissions process: grades and coursework, standardized tests, awards and extracurricular activities and work and volunteer experience. Learn more about getting CR SCORE for members of your team at www.crscore.com/debate.
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Lions Club International
An NSDA Lions Club is a specialty club of Lions Clubs International focused on supporting the mission of the National Speech and Debate Association. As Lions, members are empowered to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding. An NSDA Lions Club undertakes activities that empower every child in the United States to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker, and leader in a democratic society. NSDA Lions Clubs will create a new generation of leaders in their respective communities to become spokespersons for community service.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute
The Great Communicator Debate Series holds regional debate competitions across the country culminating in a National Finale at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Winners from each region compete for a share of more than $50,000 in scholarship money at the national finals! Check out this Rostrum article for highlights from a past Great Communicator Debate Series capstone event.
Alaska School Activities Association
Arizona Interscholastic Association
Arkansas Communication and Theatre Arts Association
California High School Speech Association
Colorado High School Activities Association
Georgia Forensic Coaches Association
Georgia High School Association
Idaho Speech Arts Teacher Association
Idaho High School Activities Association
Illinois High School Association: Speech
Illinois High School Association: Debate
Illinois Communication and Theatre Association
Illinois Congressional Debate Association
Indiana High School Forensic Association
Iowa High School Speech Association
Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association
Kansas State High School Activities Association
Kentucky High School Speech League
Louisiana High School Speech League
Massachusetts Speech and Debate League
Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association
Minnesota Debate Teachers Association
Minnesota Speech Coaches Association
Minnesota State High School League
Mississippi High School Activities Association
Missouri State High School Activities Association
Nebraska School Activities Association
Nebraska Speech Communication & Theatre Association
New Jersey Speech and Debate League
New Mexico Activities Association
New York State Forensic League
North Carolina: Tarheel Forensic League
North Dakota High School Activities Association
Ohio Speech and Debate Association
Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association
Oregon High School Speech League Coaches Association
Oregon School Activities Association
Pennsylvania High School Speech League
South Carolina Forensic Coaches Association
South Dakota High School Activities Association
Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League
Texas – Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
Texas – University Interscholastic League (UIL)
Utah Debate Coaches Association
Vermont Debate and Forensic League
Vermont Principals’ Association
Virginia Association of Forensics, Theatre, and Debate Coaches
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
Wisconsin High School Forensic Association
Wisconsin Forensic Coaches’ Association
Wisconsin Debate Coaches Association
Wisconsin: Middle Level Forensics Association