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Unlock Your Superpower

Harness the power of your mind, find your voice, and discover your true capabilities through speech and debate.

Become Part of a Team

NSDA membership is school based. When you join a team or help start one at your school, you’ll pursue excellence with your teammates as you learn and improve together.

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Sharpen Your Superpower

With the guidance of your coach and support of your team, you will harness the power of words to shape your world. Use the tools we provide for members to help you along the way. 

+ Choose from dozens of competitive events

+ Access more than 1,000 resources

+ Learn from videos and guides from experts 

+ Train with tools for every skill level 

Compete Among the Best

Experience the thrill of sharing your newfound power at tournaments with the nation’s best. There, you’ll encounter new ideas and discover a world of possibilities.

+ Compete to qualify for the National Tournament, the pinnacle of public speaking for high school and middle school where student voices are heard and celebrated.

+ Earn Honor Society recognition for academic excellence, competitive success at tournaments, and service activities in your community.

Cultivate Unparalleled Confidence

Armed with your superpower and backed by an incredible team, you’ll have the confidence—and the skill set—you need to change the world.

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Coach and a student working together in a class

I knew I had a voice inside of me but I wasn’t really sure how I could use my voice to empower other people. After joining this activity, I learned that no voice is too small or too weak to be able to make change for things that you care about.

I was afraid to even raise my hand in class if I knew the answer. Debate has given me the experience and the opportunity to voice my opinions and share my thoughts.

Speech and debate taught me about leadership, teamwork, humility, and empathy. But most importantly, it gave me the ability to build meaningful connections and lasting friendships.

Interested in learning about all of the benefits of NSDA membership? Find more information below!