Student Leadership Committee


The Student Leadership Committee (SLC) gives current sophomore, junior, and senior students the opportunity to complete a series of web-based trainings on leadership. Additionally, member students are expected to provide service to the speech and debate community and to the student’s broader local community.

At the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year, all students who have completed our training and service requirements will be issued a Student Leadership Commendation by the National Speech & Debate Association.

The Student Leadership Committee is an amazing opportunity because it gives students a voice within the National Speech & Debate Association. It fosters leadership and teamwork among members from across the nation.

Jake Mazeitis


Application Criteria

Students who wish to be considered must meet the following criteria:

  • A sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2016-2017 school year
  • Ability to attend four out of five live webinars offered at 7:00 p.m. CT on the first Wednesday of the months of October, November, December, January, and February
  • Complete 20 hours of service to the speech and debate community
  • Complete 10 hours of service to the broader community
  • Have permission from their school’s coach/advisor to be a member of the SLC; permission must be granted prior to applying
Important Notes

The NSDA will verify attendance at webinars, and students will need to submit logs of their community service hours signed by their coach, guidance counselor, or school administrator by April 15, 2017, to be eligible for the Student Leadership Commendation.

Students who cannot attend four of the live webinars may not apply for the Student Leadership Committee. If accepted, students cannot later have conflicts that prevent them from attending the live webinars and still be eligible for the Student Leadership Commendation.

All community service hours must be accumulated during the time students are on the SLC. Hours earned for school or other organizations during the summer or previous to being accepted to the SLC do not count.

Interested in Joining?


Applications are now closed for the 2016-2017 school year.

If you have questions, please send us an email!

Service to the Speech and Debate Community

The following qualify toward your 20 hours:

  • Coaching novice students (up to 10 hours)
  • Judging novice debate rounds (up to 10 hours)
  • Assisting with hosting a tournament (up to 10 hours)
  • Other service as approved by the NSDA Director of Community Engagement

Service to the Broader Community

The following qualify toward your 10 hours:

  • Peer tutoring outside of speech and debate
  • Participating in a canned food, book, sock, or other drive to provide items to less fortunate members of your community
  • Volunteering at a nonprofit that is not your school
  • Other services as approved by the NSDA Director of Community Engagement

2015-2016 SLC Highlights

Leadership Training

Each member of the SLC attended live lectures with distinguished alumni and partners of the National Speech and Debate Association. From presentations delivered by professional speakers, a Q&A session with one of the top executive consulting firms in the country, and everywhere in between, SLC member’s got personal access to successful mentors across the country.


Presidential Debate Watch Parties

Organized by SLC members and available to all students, the SLC held debate watch parties throughout the primary season. Students from around the country were able to gather in one place and demonstrate civic engagement, critical thought, and a dedication to the principles of speech and debate.

Career Fair

Held throughout the Spring semester of 2016, the SLC organized online career fair’s centered around job’s that SLC members were interested in pursuing. After matching up each career with an Association alum, the SLC made weekly career fair’s available to all members of the National Speech and Debate Association to participate in and enjoy.

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