Student Leadership Council
Each district has the opportunity to nominate one member student for consideration. High school students who will graduate in 2024, 2025, or 2026 are eligible for nomination. Coaches may submit nominations through a standard online form, which sends a copy to both the national office and the district chair. Nominations are currently open! District winners must be reported by the district chair by March 1, 2023.
District nominees who are finalists for the SLC will be asked to submit a short video this spring explaining why they’d like to be part of the SLC and how they envision contributing in their own words. Selected students will serve for the 2023-2024 school year. Students can expect to commit to three to five hours per month for the council.
This is a unique way to influence the organization’s future and an excellent addition to any student’s resume. If you know a student passionate about improving speech and debate, please tell them about this program!
A Student’s Perspective
“The NSDA is unique. It is an organization for students, but decisions have been made for the
longest time without students. Thankfully, with the advent of the Student Leadership Council,
you—the student—are now at the forefront of the organization. Indeed, after hours of searching to find the perfect card, weeks of perfecting a scene in your Interp, months of writing and memorizing your Oratory, and years of learning the intricacies of your event, why shouldn’t you be the person crafting the future of your activity? After all, who knows more about the stressors, inequity, and deep-rooted problems of speech and debate than students?
Being Student of the Year has given me the unique opportunity to create change and share not just my story, but the stories of all small school, newly established, and underfunded debate program around the country. Yet, there are many more experiences our community needs to hear—what’s yours?” – Arjun Banerjee, 2022 National Student of the Year