Inside, we focus on the value of elevating student voices. We introduce the new Student Leadership Council, learn directly from several national champions about the message and motivation behind their performances, explore how coaches are fostering student voices in unique ways—plus much more! NSDA alum Mandy Chapman Semple explains how she harnesses the power of speech and debate to tackle the issue of homelessness. We speak with J. Patrick Moss, the 2022 NSDA High School Coach of the Year, about coaching at two small, rural, public high schools in North Carolina, his passion for writing plays, and fostering student leadership. Eric Gamble, chair of the Arkansas District, shares how he and his committee are working to expand access to speech and debate across their state. Byron Arthur, a two-diamond coach, Hall of Fame member, and NSDA Board member from Louisiana, reflects on his own speech and debate journey and the power of our community.
Volume 97, Issue 2 (68 pages)
Rostrum shares best practices, resources, and opportunities that connect, support, and inspire a diverse community of educators committed to empowering students through speech and debate.