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


The following sophomores, juniors, and seniors have completed the requirements of the 2016-2017 Student Leadership Committee program.

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Madigan Copley, Chagrin Falls High School, OH
Ashley Huang, Randolph High School, NJ
Juliana Janatowski, Whitmer High School, OH
Lance Ledet, Northwest Career and Technical Academy, NV
Angela Lin, Eden Prairie High School, MN
Caramen McDaniel, Wellington High School, FL
Laurel Mcgrane, Lincoln High School, OR
Henry Meredith, THEO Christian, TX
Brittney Muske, LaMoure High School, ND
Sara Nill, North Allegheny Senior High School, PA
Anirudh Rajagopalan, William Mason High School, OH
Brad Subramaniam, Lincoln High School, OR
Connor Yeackley, Wellington High School, FL

Nicolas Barra, The Blake School, MN
Anjika Bhalla, Independence High School, TX
Kathleen Coan, Notre Dame Academy, NY
Shayna Cohen, Scottsdale Preparatory Academy, AZ
R’Nia Crockett, Concord High School, IN
Amanda Dickerson, Millard West High School, NE
Courtnee Elento, Damien Memorial School, HI
Callie Freeman, Gatton Academy, KY
Olivia Fu, St. Francis High School, CA
Michael Gao, JBS Law Magnet, TX
Benjamin George, Shrewsbury High School, MA
Alexander Gordon, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL
April Gore, Booker T Washington, OK
Abby Grifno, Westwood High School, TX
Daniel Guinto, Klein High School, TX
Caleb Hernandez, Chiawana High School, WA
Bryson Jones, Mesquite High School, AZ
Quentin Kanta, Grants Pass High School, OR
Jun-Yong Kim, Seven Lakes High School, TX
Rena Liu, West Lafayette Senior High School, IN
Jeffrey Ma, Edgemont High School, NY
Sameen Mahmood, Modesto High School, CA
Veniece Miller, Fruita Monument High School, CO
Anika Mirza, The Blake School, MN
Kristelle Muvunankiko, Bentonville West High School, AR
Mari Oliver, Klein Oak High School, TX
Javin Pombra, Los Altos High School, CA
Andres Pulido, Highlands Ranch High School, CO
Elizabeth Ramirez, Kingston High School, WA
Seth Ramm, Whitmer High School, OH
Stephanie Reitzig, Niwot High School, CO
Krithika Shamanna, Westwood High School, TX
Aditya Shekhar, The Blake School, MN
Thomas Smith, West Lafayette High School, IN
Tierra Smithson, Spanish Springs High School, NV
Victoria Song, East Chapel Hill High School, NC
Joseph Tyler, Skyline High School, ID
Madison Wade, Seneca High School, MO
Tamarah Wallace, Cooper City High School, FL
Katherine Walsh, Madison West High School, WI
Matthew Yee, Needham High School, MA
Connor Yu, The Blake School, MN
Emily Zhang, Hamilton Southeastern High School, IN
Nicole Zhen, Clackamas High School, OR
Eric Zhu, Needham High School, MA

Joanna Bai, Millard West High School, NE
Alex Becker, Southern Lehigh High School, PA
Ina Bhoopalam, Lincoln East High School, NE
Michael Bole, A.W Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL
Milan Chandy, Perkiomen Valley High School, PA
Preeti Chemiti, Sheyenne High School, ND
Joy Chen, Northwood High School, CA
Lauren Choi, Spain Park High School, AL
Alison Cohen, Chandler Preparatory Academy, AZ
Carly Crawford, Assumption High School, KY
Max Freeman, Oak Park High School, CA
Sana Gill, Desert Vista High School, AZ
Nick Goymerac, Belvidere North High School, IL
Tanner Hemmingsen, George Washington High School, CO
Kelly Li, Hattiesburg High School, MS
Annie Lu, Clark High School, TX
Sarah McLaughlin, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, PA
Esofi Nunyi, Sheyenne High School, ND
Dhruvika Patel, Sheyenne High School, ND
Adeena Sheraz, Independence High School, TX
Samuel Shih, Elite of Irvine, CA
Hanzala Siddiqui, Chaparral Star Academy, TX
Muskaan Singh, Stockdale High School, California
Vignesh Sivaprakasam, Dublin High School, CA
Thadeus Smith, Kingston High School, WA
Rebekah Sweyko, Fort Scott Senior High School, KS
Cole Vaughan, Bowling Green High School, KY
Kelvin Ethan Legna Wolf, Marianas High School, MP
Maryn White, Lee’s Summit West High School, MO
Alice Wu, Cascia Hall Preparatory School, OK
Christina Yang, The Hockaday School, TX

Rostrum Internship

This internship opportunity is exclusively for high school students. Up to four (4) Rostrum Interns will be chosen from a pool of applicants. This is considered a challenging internship. Students should be well-qualified writers and individuals who are self-motivated. Since this internship is demanding, applicants must currently hold or have previously held a position on their school’s newspaper, yearbook, or publication outside of their school. The responsibilities of the interns are as follows:

  • Rostrum Interns will write two (2) articles for Rostrum magazine over the school year (or every other quarter). The articles will consist of one student profile and another article about an upcoming event or featured program.
  • Rostrum Interns also will be expected to write one blog post per month about a topic other speech and debate students find interesting and relevant.
  • The four (4) Rostrum Interns will share in the responsibility of reading submitted blog posts for Soapbox, editing the blog posts and making recommendations to the NSDA Publications Manager as to which ones should be featured on our website.
  • Rostrum Interns will attend a monthly meeting online as a group and with the NSDA advisor to discuss progress on blog posts, upcoming Rostrum articles, and student blog post submissions.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Hines.

In order to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed at least one Journalism course.
  • Applicants must currently hold or have previously held a position on their school’s newspaper, yearbook, or publication outside of their school.
  • Applicants must submit TWO (2) short writing samples that they’ve written for their school newspaper or in their journalism course.
  • Applicants must include TWO (2) letters of recommendation, one from either their journalism teacher or the faculty advisor for their school newspaper, and one from their speech/debate coach.
  • Applicants must submit a short essay (300 words max) explaining why they want to work for the NSDA as a Rostrum Intern.
  • Applications opened as of May 1, 2017.
  • Applications are due June 30, 2017.
  • Rostrum Interns will be chosen by July 15, 2017.
  • First meeting with Rostrum Interns will be TBD in August 2017.

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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