2010 Annual Report

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NATIONAL FORENSIC LEAGUE Speech and Debate Honor Society



This year we went back to the basics. We sat down and really thought about what makes speech and debate so powerful for students and educators. We were inspired and humbled to discover that this activity dramatically impacts a radically diverse group of students and coaches. We serve students who earn national awards and students who achieve personal growth without ever earning a trophy. We serve coaches who have outstanding networks of support, and coaches who feel completely alone. Our members run the gamut, and reaching them all requires us to focus on the core of what we do— service—and be the best at it. With our members in mind, we mapped out a plan to make sure they received the resources and services they needed to grow as speakers, debaters, educators, and professionals. In some cases, this required modifications to our existing programs and services. At other times, entirely new programs and services were developed to meet community needs. The following pages outline many of the changes and additions we’ve made this year to better serve our members. We’re thrilled to report that our initial efforts have grown into a vast network of local development. Member schools are logging a record number of points and degrees, and new schools are joining as a result of our current members’ experiences. We’ve also seen increased engagement from state and local forensic associations, with whom we’re working to ensure that the best possible experiences are accessible to students across the nation. Local media are publicizing our successes, and school administrators are taking notice. Due to our local success this year, we are uniquely prepared to advance speech and debate education at the state and national level. We’re developing a number of comprehensive national programs to recruit and support underserved student groups. We’re also reconnecting with many of our alumni who have risen to become leaders in their fields, forging relationships that will ensure the support and vitality of speech and debate education. Much work remains to be done, but I am proud to report that several major milestones are now, for the first time, within our reach. I personally thank each of our members, volunteers, sponsors, and donors for their outstanding contributions to forensic education. All of the work we have done has been a result of a visionary Board of Directors; the support of district leadership; supportive coaches, parents, and administrators; and the individuals and institutions who work with us to invest in our vision. On behalf of the students, past and present, whose lives you have forever changed— thank you for all that you do for the NFL. Sincerely,

J. Scott Wunn Executive Director

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Mission The National Forensic League (NFL) honor society promotes high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student’s essential life skills and values.

Vision Our vision is that every child in the United States will be empowered to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker, and leader in a democratic society.

Outcomes We actively pursue the following outcomes: n Increasing the number of active NFL and NJFL chapter schools and the number of students who participate n Supplying coaches and students with valuable educational resources and service learning opportunities n Providing financial and volunteer resources to help build and sustain speech and debate programs n Establishing educational standards for curricular and co-curricular speech and debate activities n Honoring student and coach participation and achievement in speech and debate activities n Increasing the public’s awareness of the value of speech and debate activities n Creating leadership opportunities within the organization n Providing programs and volunteer opportunities for alumni n Sustaining a strong budgetary plan which provides adequate financial resources to fulfill the NFL mission

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The thing I like about the NFL is that there are leaders in different parts of the nation who believe in incorporating all students. The NFL goes to different regions. It gives low-income schools in those different regions the chance to participate and see people from all across the country. The NFL is an inclusive organization.” – Sal Tinajero, coach (CA)

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n PROGRAM GROWTH Free resources provided on NFLtv The Internet’s largest video portal for speech and debate videos, NFLtv.org provides expert interviews, topic analyses, championship speeches, sample debate rounds, and more. Uploads to the site have increased its volume to nearly 250 videos this year. Within the year, NFLtv has recorded more than 60,000 visits from about 30,000 visitors. Viewers consumed almost 600,000 minutes of video in the last year—more than 416 days of continuous viewing.

Inaugural honor society guide published The NFL debuted its new Honor Society Guide on February 1, 2011. The guide, which complements the pre-existing chapter manual, focuses on the honor society aspect of NFL’s mission to advance speech and debate education. It includes time-tested recommendations and downloadable resources including press releases, invitations, programs, and scripts. A copy of NFL’s new Honor Society Guide is available at www.NFLonline.org/ AboutNFL/LeagueManuals.

Hundreds more vote as ballots move online

Members of the NFL are the best support system that anyone could have because we are taught the importance of camaraderie. The NFL does a great job of fostering strong, lifelong bonds between students. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have someone to call at three o’clock in the morning with a problem. The friends I have met are irreplaceable.” – Cory Williams, student (MS), 2010 National Student of the Year

The NFL has extended voting opportunities to hundreds of new members as part of its innovative online balloting system. Instead of receiving and mailing paper ballots for debate resolutions, school advisors may now log on to the NFL Points Site to case their vote quickly and easily. As a result, hundreds of schools have cast their ballots in important topic elections for the first time. The NFL’s online voting system is currently in place for Public Forum Debate and Policy Debate. Topic selection for Lincoln Douglas Debate will move online beginning next year.

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Event portals target underserved communities The NFL’s new event exploration portals are designed to provide the nation’s best speech and debate resources to underserved communities. Underfunded urban and rural schools often find it difficult to afford the necessary resources to sustain a vibrant program. The portals will provide a free, user-friendly interface through which coaches and alumni can access event overviews, textbooks, lesson plans, handouts, sample speeches, videos, commentary, and advanced materials for proficient audiences. In the final stages of development, the NFL anticipates a spring 2011 launch for the portals.

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NFL trains urban educators in Nashville In September, the NFL worked with more than 50 urban educators as part of a two-day faculty training workshop in Nashville, Tennessee. The workshop involved high school faculty members from several Nashville city schools, most of whom had no background in speech and debate. National office staff provided educators with foundational knowledge about Policy, Public Forum, and Lincoln Douglas Debate, including such topics as evaluating resolutions, formulating strategies, logging points, registering for tournaments, and navigating the NFL’s library of resources. As a result, hundreds of new Nashville students will have access to speech and debate education during the 2010-11 school year.

First NFL student crosses 3,000 point mark On November 21, 2010, Emma Ruffin McIntyre became the first NFL student to earn more than 3,000 points. Emma, a student at Springfield Central High School (MO), is one of thousands of students who now have a more complete record of their participation in speech and debate activities. The change comes after the Board of Directors unanimously voted to lift all point recording caps at its spring 2010 meeting. Their decision paves the way for the NFL to recognize top point leaders and track the educational correlation between forensics and future accomplishments.

Recognition opportunities extended to alumni NFL alumni will soon be able to record points and receive recognition for speaking engagements after high school. As members of Pi Kappa Delta, the college and university-level national honorary society for speech and debate, members will have access to continued points recording, new professional and networking opportunities, and other enhanced alumni services. Visit www.NFLonline.org/Alumni/JoinPKD for details.

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NFL launches judge training and certification program The NFL is building the next generation of skilled judges with the betatesting of its judge training and certification modules. The program is part of a nationwide initiative to ensure that judges will achieve basic competency in the mechanics and ethics of judging forensic competitions, including timing, scoring, judge responsibilities, competition etiquette, and common tournament procedures. Beyond comprehensive speech and debate judging modules, the program also provides targeted judging certifications in specific competition events. national forensic league

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When I was seven, I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It causes progressive muscle loss throughout the body. One of my greatest struggles in life has been accepting the physical limitations my disease causes. Despite my physical differences, however, I could always speak. I could always debate. My participation and success in forensics was dependent completely on the ability to find my voice and share it with the world. My involvement in forensics taught me that my disease does not define who I am as a person, nor does it have to limit the opportunities I will have in life. Our differences give everyone a beautiful and unique story to tell, and forensics gives space for those stories to be heard. Forensics helped me find my voice and share my story.” – Kate Lawrenz, student (WA)

n COLLABORATION AND OUTREACH Schools raise more than $20,000 on GiveYouthAVoice Member schools have used the NFL’s online fundraising portal, GiveYouthAVoice.org, to raise more than $20,000 for program needs including travel expenses, tournament fees, and supplies. At any time, donors may research and support dozens of active campaigns. GiveYouthAVoice allows NFL schools to raise funds through an easy and secure online interface. Funds raised go directly to schools.

Research compiled to support threatened chapters A growing body of research proves that speech and debate education is critical to teens’ acquisition of communication, cognitive, professional, and interpersonal skills. The NFL has compiled a number of these articles and essays in its Advocate Forensics database, which has helped numerous schools fight budget cuts or position eliminations. All resources listed on the site are available for free and immediate download for distribution to parents, administrators, and elected officials. To access our Advocate Forensics database, go to www.NFLonline.org/AboutNFL/Advocate.

Media coverage doubles with electronic press releases

I have been involved in debate since I was 15. I am now 60. I’m old! So for 45 years, debate has played a role in my life. Everything I have accomplished in my life, getting a doctorate, landing a job—stems from what I learned in debate. I learned how to synthesize information quickly and how to teach myself about new topics. I’ve done a lot of things in my life, and they all come back to what I learned in debate and in Extemp.” – Dr. Diana Carlin, former competitor and coach (KS)

Local media coverage of NFL activities more than doubled this year, thanks in part to the NFL’s transition from paper to electronic press releases. Coaches and administrators now receive press releases via e-mail, which expedites the release of news and facilitates its distribution. The move also reduced postage and printing costs, and the time savings associated with the change enabled the promotion of new accomplishments, including the attainment of NFL’s highest student degree and the top 1% of performers in each competition category.

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NFL partnership lifts people out of poverty The NFL is working with Samasource, a San Francisco based nonprofit, to supply computer-based work to people in some of the world’s most impoverished areas. Samasource connects people in Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, India, and Pakistan with dignified, digital work to help lift them out of poverty. The Samasource partnership will assist with the digitization of the NFL’s alumni records, enabling the league to store and access the records with greater ease and permanence. More importantly, the project will provide marginalized people with a living wage—some, for the first time ever.

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Membership At a Glance NFL membership encompasses all 50 states and more than 86 years. Membership is open to all junior high and high school students, regardless of race, color, nationality, sex, or religion.

NFL Membership (2009-10 School Year) NFL Schools


Charter Chapters


Provisional / Member Chapters


NJFL Membership (2009-10 School Year) NJFL Schools

As a student I constantly struggled with loneliness and health issues. By the end of my first semester in high school I didn’t really have friends nor was I in the best of shape. That year I discovered that the entirety of my stomach was filled with ulcers. I was also clinically depressed. Speech and debate is the only reason I came back to school my junior year. When I came to school, I was welcomed into a community of people who cared about each other. For the first time, I finally had friends who understood me!


Degrees Awarded (September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2010) Merit








Special Distinction


Superior Distinction


Outstanding Distinction


Premier Distinction

The NFL kept me grounded and it kept me in school. Without it I have no idea where I would be, and I have no idea how I would have gotten through everything. It taught me that I am worth something, even when other people believed I wasn’t.”


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2010 National Champions Policy Debate Misael Gonzalez and Kevin Hirn, Whitney Young Magnet High School (IL)

Dramatic Interpretation Michael Carone, Monsignor Farrell High School (NY)

Congressional Debate – House Louise Lu, Bellaire High School (TX)

Duo Interpretation Austin Groves and Darius Wilson, Blue Springs High School (MO)

Congressional Debate – Senate Benjamin J. Tyler, Belen Jesuit High School (FL) Lincoln Douglas Debate Benjamin Sprung-Keyser, HarvardWestlake School (CA)

Expository Karen Zhou, Lakeville North High School (MN) Commentary Rohun Pai, Ridge High School (NJ)

Public Forum Debate Michael P. DiMino and Bardia R. Rahmani, The University School (OH)

Prose Reading Nat Zegree, Portage Northern High School (MI)

United States Extemporaneous Speaking Tyler Fabbri, Chesterton High School (IN)

Poetry Reading A. J. Taula, Blue Springs High School (MO)

International Extemporaneous Speaking Jacob F. Baker, Bellarmine College Prep (CA)

Impromptu Adam Conner, Loyola Blakefield High School (MD)

Original Oratory Vinay Nayak, Hinsdale Central High School (IL)

Storytelling Zachary Kantack, Brookings High School (SD)

Humorous Interpretation Lindsey White, Eastview High School (MN)

Supplemental Debate Tejus Pradeep, Ridge High School (NJ)

2010 DISTRICT ENTRY TOTALS* Policy Senate House LD PFD USX IX OO 2,850 1,756 5,087 2,313 4,734 2,314 1,898 2,199

HI 2,084

DI 2,428

Duo Total 3,406 31,069

2010 NATIONAL ENTRY TOTALS* Policy Senate House LD PFD USX IX OO 390 192 237 228 496 226 216 229

HI 228

DI 235

Duo Total 464 3,141

* Team events (Policy, PFD, and Duo) are listed as individual students.

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The 2010 “Jazzin’ It Up In KC” LFG / NFL Circle of Champions.

525,960 meals packaged in national service project Students, coaches, and administrators packaged 525,960 meals for earthquake survivors in Haiti on June 13, 2010, as part of the NFL’s first annual national service project. Designed to help members put the Code of Honor into practice, the service project partnered with Numana, Inc., a Kansas-based charity, for logistical support and oversight. A second service project is scheduled for this summer at the Dallas nationals.

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2011 National Tournament Heads to Dallas This year, the LFG / NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament will return to Dallas, Texas. Registration begins on Monday, June 13, and the tournament concludes with the national awards assembly on Saturday, June 18. Finals will be livestreamed on www.NFLonline.org on Friday and Saturday, making rounds accessible to members at home and the public at large. This year, the NFL is testing a one-site concept, so all competition rounds will be held at a single site. The tournament will attract more than 5,000 students, parents, and coaches to the Dallas area, with an estimated $7.3 million economic impact on local hotels, restaurants, and businesses.

NJFL Nationals Joins High School Tournament For the first time ever, the NJFL Middle School National Tournament will be held in conjunction with the high school national tournament. Middle level coaches and competitors can interact with top high school counterparts and watch high school speakers perform before taking the stage in their own competition. Registration for the NJFL ational tournament begins June 15, with champions named at the national awards assembly on June 18.

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The best part of the NFL is that students succeed by participating. They do not have to garnish a trophy at each tournament; they do not have to be in the top five or ten percent. Each student accumulates their own points and eventually earns their next degree. The most exciting moments for me are when students who have NEVER received a trophy are presented their NFL certificate. It is a goal they have reached and an accomplishment they cherish.” – Susan Anderson, coach (ND)


Lincoln Financial Group For 105 years, Lincoln Financial has built a company focused on stability and integrity. Lincoln’s association with the NFL began in 1994 with its sponsorship of Lincoln Douglas Debate. Lincoln Financial Group expanded the partnership in 1998, becoming the national corporate sponsor of the NFL. In the 16 years since, Lincoln Financial Group has transformed the national speech and debate community through its support of the NFL. It has awarded more than $1 million in college scholarships, more than $100,000 in grants to new and rural schools, and more than $250,000 for programs such as coach education. Lincoln Financial Group’s impact resonates with each of the more than 500,000 student members enrolled since the partnership began. For more information, visit www.NFLonline.org/SponsoringNFL/ LincolnFinancialGroup.

Arthur N. Rupe Foundation The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation exists to bring about an improvement in society and to be a positive influence on American life. In 2009-10, the Rupe Foundation provided unprecedented support to Public Forum Debate to encourage debates that were accessible to the public. After just two years of support, more than $100,000 in college scholarships will be awarded exclusively to Public Forum debaters, more than 50,000 socially significant debates will be accessible to the public, and a virtual library of resources and debates will be developed and grown. As well, the Rupe Foundation took the first step to helping the league reach our 1.3 million alumni by funding the digitization of our paper records dating back to 1925. For more information, visit www.NFLonline.org/Main/RupeFoundation.

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NFL Sponsors Grand National Sponsor Lincoln Financial Group

LFG / NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament

National Event Sponsors Bickel & Brewer Foundation John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Lincoln Financial Group Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Carmendale Fernandes A. C. Eley Memorial Ripon College Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation Auxiliary Colorado College Lanny Naegelin Memorial Western Kentucky University

Policy Debate Congressional Debate Lincoln Douglas Debate Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Public Forum Debate United States Extemporaneous Speaking A. C. Eley International Extemporaneous Speaking A. C. Eley International Extemporaneous Speaking Original Oratory Sandra Silvers Duo Interpretation Dramatic Interpretation Humorous Interpretation, Expository, Commentary, Prose Reading, Poetry Reading, Impromptu, and Storytelling

Pi Kappa Delta Albert S. Odom Memorial Fund H. B. Mitchell Memorial Fund James Unger Memorial Cup Endowment Ted W. Belch Award Endowment The Julia Burke Foundation Phyllis Barton Memorial Fund John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Mr. and Mrs. Donus D. Roberts Jason Mehta & Family The University of Alabama Colorado College John C. Stennis Center for Public Service James M. Copeland Coach Endowment

Bruno E. Jacob Award Bruno E. Jacob / Pi Kappa Delta Coach Trophy Policy Debate Champion Trophies Outstanding Team for Performance in Policy Debate Policy Debate Champion Coach Award Julia Burke Award Top Debate Speaker Award Karl E. Mundt Medal and Karl E. Mundt Trophy (Congressional Debate) President’s Bowl (United States Extemp / Original Oratory) Mehta Bowl (International Extemp) Dramatic, Humorous, and Duo Interpretation Bama Bowls Diamond Coach Awards Harold C. Keller Award for Public Service Leadership James M. Copeland Coach of the Year Award

National Award Sponsors

League Sponsors Lincoln Financial Group Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Better World Fund / United Nations Foundation Open Society Institute Conoco Phillips International Debate Education Association American Legion Planet Debate Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association The Stanley Foundation

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Although the economy has impacted the entire forensic community, the continued support of our generous contributors and sponsors has allowed the NFL’s mission-related work to continue unabated. The NFL’s revenues come primarily from dues and fees paid by our member schools and students ($750,494); combined contributions from sponsors, institutional foundation grants, and gifts from major donors ($527,375); and fees paid by attendees of our national tournament ($365,106). The NFL also provides missionrelated educational materials and merchandise for sale ($385,389).

Expenses In a time of fiscal discipline, the NFL is proud to manage its resources wisely. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar received by the NFL is invested in mission-related programming including education, membership services, and the national tournament including related staffing ($1,682,545). Less than 9% is spent on facilities, management, and governance ($162,583). Less than 3% is spent on fundraising ($45,372). Surplus funds at the end of the fiscal year go toward the NFL Legacy Endowment for future mission-related expenditures.

2009-10 Revenues $2,028,364 Membership Dues and Fees 39% Grants/Gifts/Sponsorships/Appeals 26% National Tournament Fees 18% Sales of Educational Materials/Merchandise 13% Advertising 4%

2009-10 Expenses $1,890,500 Education and Programs 37.4% Membership Services 34% National Tournament 17.6% Building and Grounds 4% Equipment and Supplies 2.6% Fundraising 2.4% Board of Directors Governance 2%

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Contributions to the National Forensic League enable our mission to empower students to become effective communicators, ethical individuals, critical thinkers, and leaders in a democratic society. This circle of generous donors represents our esteemed alumni and coaches, their families, and the many friends of the league. We sincerely thank our supporters for their commitment to the NFL. Together, we are giving youth a voice. This report reflects combined contributions made between the dates of September 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010. If we inadvertently omitted your donation, please contact our Director of Development, Cherian Koshy, at cherian@nationalforensicleague.org, or call 920-748-6206.

Diamond ($15,000 or more)

Honor ($100 - $249)

Michael Morris Tony and Jeanne Pritzker

Mark Andriola Marie Barnard Frank Erich Bauer-Rowe (In honor of Khristian Erich Bauer-Rowe) Sophie Chen Don Crabtree Dr. Stephan Dutko Samantha Ferringo Genevieve Gillen Jerilyn Gomez John Gregg Wayne H. Hayden Brian Hinkle Adam J. Jacobi Mark Kiernan and Janet Etherington Faith Kossoy Kelly Kyono Eric Lehto Christine McCay Jason Mida Ryan Nelson Jackie and Michael Oakes Deano and Vicki Pape Steven Schappaugh Joshua D. Swartsel William Woods Tate, Jr. Kaitrin Tobin Selvin Walker Carol and David Zanto Yuxi Zhou

Ruby ($10,000 - $14,999) Sapphire ($5,000 - $9,999) Donovan Cummings (Bequest) Harold C. Keller Lenny and Judy Pippin

Emerald ($1,000 - $4,999) Michael Arton Mark Cuban David and Lilliana P. Lopez (In honor of Lanny D. Naegelin) Robert Wexler

Distinction ($500 - $999) Sandra and Robert Krueger Jason Mehta Thomas P. Stossel

Excellence ($250 - $499) David and Barbara Danksy Jesse Green Cherian and Betsy Koshy (In memory of Tom Joss) The Sprung-Keyser Family J. Scott and Megan Wunn Joe and Pam Wycoff

Merit ($1 - $99) Ann Accas Ronald and Sheryl Aiken Shawn Aiken Bryon Andreasen

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Forensics gives you the ability to connect with and relate to your students, to look over evidence, to get up and speak when you might not be fully ready. All of this develops kind of an X-factor. That’s what debate gave me as an entrepreneur and a person­—the ability to speak and make a difference.” – Greg Nance, alum (WA)


Integrity Humility Respect Leadership Service


I’ve been doing this for 42 years, and it’s so gratifying. The thing with speech is, you see the change immediately. About five kids volunteer at the first activity, but by the end of the lesson, all of these hands are waving. Just 25 minutes a week is amazing. It works—it really does. You break down that fear of speaking, and then it becomes something kids look forward to. They don’t realize they are learning. They think, this teacher comes in, and we close our notebooks and do this thing for 25 minutes. Kids see me on campus and cheer when I come in and beg me not to go when I leave. Maybe they won’t know the full impact now—maybe they won’t know until they are 35. But they look forward to speech.” – Gay Brasher, coach (CA)

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Andrea Ashcraft Charles J. Barton Brian Beck Andy Beupain Elaine Beupain Tyler and Jenny Corum Billman (In memory of Tom Joss) Matthew Boyd Amanda Bryan Richard Buma Kevin Bushek Kamaria Campbell Donna Clark Charlotte Copeland Peter Crevoiselat Sheri Crist-Houchin Katy Czaikowski Bro. Kevin Dalmasse, FSC William Day Joshua Downey James Driggers Joseph Duarte Sam Fairfield Joel Farstein Sam Fishman Mark Galinovsky Collin Galster Steven Garcia Megan Goering (In honor of Leslie Kuhns and Melanie Ralston) John Goldberger Chad Griewank Jeffrey Gubitz Chadwick Hales Andrew Heaton Michelle Herman David Huston Matt Keeley Charles Kellum (In Honor of Barbara F. Kellum) Kandi King Alex Kokola Michael B. Kratville (In honor of Alex Pritchard) Brian Krohn Susan and Mario Lanna Tommie Lindsey, Jr. John Lisman Carol and Marlene Lorenz

Louise Mahlandt (In honor of Kathleen Barbosa) Charles Markon Pamela K. McComas Keizra Mechlai Ariana Melendez Jamie Menown Lisa Mern Liesl Meyers Rebecca Michaud Mary Morton Michael Naccarato and Mary H. Roth Dani Noe Sonny Paletti Lauren Parks Sham Patel Randy Patterson Tabitha Perkins Cyril Pombier Warren Poschman Frank Pregler Kurt Proctor Colston Reid Gary Rodman James W. “Jay” Rye, III Daniele Schiffmann Stacy Schrank Doris and Ashley Sexton Drew Shafer (In honor of Fernley High Forensics) Rachel Shannon Timothy E. Sheaff Eva Sikes Naureen Singh Keith Smedema Jared Smith Sean Stewart Michael A. Strawser Michael and Rose Tam (In Honor of Anthony Tam) Gregory Thomas Kilby Watson Catherine Wendt David Wendt Alane White Laura Williams Susan Yang Justin Zabor Michael Zhou Peter Zopes

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Together, the following families and individuals gave more than $20,000 to speech and debate education through GiveYouthAVoice.org. Eric Allen Nita Austin Madhu and TK Balaji Erin and Nick Bazar Jim and Michele Bazar Mark and Carolyn (Daly) Brink Nathan Coco Lori Coutts Fraase John and Kimberly Daly Karen and Kevin Desmond Kelly Ellsworth (Rand) Vanessa Ferrara Carmen Flores Brian Garfield Allison Gilmore Stephen and Julie Ginader Eric Gould Michael Gould Leigh Leilani Graham Steve Grubbs Todd and Nicole Hering John and Hilary Hutson Scott Jennisch Deepak Kapadia David Kauffman Ben Kearl and Michelle Kelsey The King Family Narma Krishnaraj Kathleen Lawler Michael Lenz

Jody Leung Hok-Min Lie James and Margaret Malaske Mamatha Murthy Renee and Pete O’Neill David Paskach Sham Patel Michael Pham Jeanne Privratsky Rick Purrington Ishanaa Rambachan Nance and Bryan Rob and Thana Ross Paige Sager Annie and Neil Samuelsen Gustavo A. Sanchez, Sr. Sandra A. Sanchez Matthew Sauvage The Shafer Family Ray, Damini, and Sasha Singh Grant Strother Patrick and Mary Surprenant Shirley and George Titus The Tueller Family Vann and Jennifer Vogel Brian Weller Mrs. Willingham Stewart Wilson Julie Zhu 241 additional anonymous donors

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Forensics is important because it is an opportunity to really master rhetorical skill. No matter where life takes you, being able to speak in front of an audience is an important skill because it shows confidence. When a person can calmly and clearly explain an idea, it exudes a great strength of character and intelligence.” – Fariha Kabir, student (VA)

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Don Crabtree, Vice President Park Hill High School 1909 6th Avenue St. Joseph, MO 64505 Phone: 816-261-2661 crab@ponyexpress.net

Kandi King 6058 Gaelic San Antonio, TX 78240 Phone: 210-641-6761 mamakjking@yahoo.com

Pam Cady Wycoff Apple Valley High School 14450 Hayes Road Apple Valley, MN 55124-6796 Phone: 952-431-8200 Pam.Wycoff@district196.org

Tommie Lindsey, Jr. James Logan High School 1800 H Street Union City, CA 94587 Phone: 510-471-2520, Ext. 4408 Tommie_Lindsey@nhusd.k12.ca.us

Pamela K. McComas Topeka High School 800 W. 10th Topeka, KS 66612-1687 Phone: 785-295-3226 pmccomas@topeka.k12.ks.us

Timothy E. Sheaff Dowling Catholic High School 1400 Buffalo Road West Des Moines, IA 50265 Phone: 515-222-1035 tsheaff@dowling.pvt.k12.ia.us

Bro. Kevin Dalmasse, FSC Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School 4720 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2952 Phone: 215-514-2859 dalmasse@gmail.com

David Huston Colleyville Heritage High School 5401 Heritage Avenue Colleyville, TX 76034 Phone: 817-305-4700, Ext. 214 david.huston@gcisd.net

James W. “Jay” Rye, III, Alternate The Montgomery Academy 3240 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36106 Phone: 334-272-8210 rye.j@montgomeryacademy.org

Board of Directors

William Woods Tate, Jr., President Montgomery Bell Academy 4001 Harding Road Nashville, TN 37205 Phone: 615-269-3959 tateb@montgomerybell.com