Powerful Voices. Meaningful Changes.

You are invited to attend!

The National Speech & Debate Association is partnering with the Broward County Public Schools Active Voice Project to kickoff the 2018 National Speech & Debate Tournament with a LIVE event called Powerful Voices. Meaningful Changes.

This event will showcase the importance of empowering students to exercise their voices to express their views and participate actively in an open exchange of ideas as taught through speech and debate.


Saturday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m. ET.


Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
Grand Ballroom (third floor)
1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

For those unable to attend, the event will be broadcast live online via livestream accessible at www.speechanddebate.org/live.




The Speakers:

The Powerful Voices. Meaningful Changes. event will showcase speech and debate performances from a diverse set of Broward County students:

Neuteyshe Felizor – Charles Flanagan High School, Class of 2017
Marianna Garcia – Cypress Bay High School, Class of 2014
Jayley Halpern-Drock – Charles Flanagan High School, Class of 2018
Sari Kaufman – Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Speech and Debate Team Captain, Class of 2020
Meghan Keough – Western High School, Class of 2020
Daniel Tabares – Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Class of 2021
Walker Elementary School Debate Team – Jahziah Defoe, Takirrea Jones, Alexis Moore, Kimberly Mosley, and Johnnie Walker

The power of speech and debate will further be reinforced by Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie and NSDA Executive Director J. Scott Wunn.

Following the formal presentation, all attendees will be invited to attend a workshop presented by the Broward County Public Schools Active Voice Project. Participants will learn a new, engaging “Solution-Oriented Debate” format and leave with content and ideas to implement on any team or in any classroom.


There is no charge to attend the event, but space is limited. If you plan to attend the event in person, please register below to claim your seat. We will send updates and more details to those who register as we get closer to the event.

Can’t join and want to support the effort?
Please help create more Powerful Voices with a donation to the National Speech & Debate Association or to the Broward County Debate Initiative.

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