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From the Editor

Board of Directors

We all struggle to overcome barriers, whether it’s rallying support and funding for your team or helping your students prepare for next year’s competition. This issue is all about the stories of our members who are bridging the gap. Our cover story is near and dear to my heart. We focus on Carol Zanto, Director of Finance, and her 47 years of service. Carol has done it all, and throughout my years at the Association, she has been right by my side. Carol has welcomed all of us to the organization and helped us through some of our greatest challenges. From the shift from “NFL” to “NSDA” to the move from Ripon, Wisconsin, to West Des Moines, Iowa, Carol has helped our organization forge a new path while always reminding us where we’ve been. We share her story and talk with those who know her best on page 26. Get ready to jump seamlessly from this season to the next with helpful resources and information in this issue. Explore our Curriculum Corner for tips on wrapping up the 2016-2017 school year and preparing students for next season. Once you cover your students’ bases, we have a fun way to hone your own skills! Be sure to read up on an exciting and unique professional development opportunity on page 61. We’ve put together highlights and a guide to making your case to attend our inaugural speech and debate education conference. I look forward to the discussions we’ll have this August. I hope you will find inspiration to look at your own program, and the people who support it, in a new way in these pages. We take a look at the Milton Academy speech and debate team and how they’re bridging the gap between their middle school and high school programs in Massachusetts (page 106). In this issue, you’ll also find ways to help turn your administrators into advocates and your alumni into volunteers. Plus, as we reach the end of the season, explore ways to link competition and fundraising. Check out the Big Questions feature and learn more about how this new form of debate can help your team overcome barriers to pay for entry fees, transportation to tournaments, camp fees, and more. Finally, we sit down with two incredible award winners and learn more about their journeys with speech and debate. We explore how National Educator of the Year Award winner Renee Motter has made an impact on speech and debate education in Colorado and across the country. Plus, you’ll have a chance to learn how Exemplary Student Service Award winner Delanya Storey is using the skills she’s learned through speech and debate to make a difference in her Alabama community. I am lucky to see the amazing contributions our members make to speech and debate and their communities at large on a daily basis. I hope you’ll be as inspired as I am by how the teams and individuals in this issue are overcoming barriers and bringing new voices into the fold. Sincerely,

J. Scott Wunn Executive Director National Speech & Debate Association

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Don Crabtree, President Park Hill High School 1909 6th Avenue St. Joseph, MO 64505 (816) 261-2661 Pam Cady Wycoff, Vice President Apple Valley High School 14450 Hayes Road Apple Valley, MN 55124-6796 (952) 431-8200 David Huston Colleyville Heritage High School 5401 Heritage Avenue Colleyville, TX 76034 (817) 305-4700, Ext. 214 Jennifer Jerome Millard West High School 5710 S. 176th Avenue Omaha, NE 68135 (402) 715-6000 (school office) (402) 715-6092 (classroom) Dr. Tommie Lindsey, Jr. James Logan High School 1800 H Street Union City, CA 94587 (510) 471-2520, Ext. 4408 Pamela K. McComas PO Box 5078 Topeka, KS 66605 (785) 231-7414 James W. “Jay” Rye, III The Montgomery Academy 3240 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36106 (334) 272-8210 Dr. Polly Reikowski, Admin Rep Eagan High School 4185 Braddock Trail Eagan, MN 55123 (651) 683-6902 Timothy E. Sheaff Dowling Catholic High School 1400 Buffalo Road West Des Moines, IA 50265 (515) 222-1035

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2017 Spring Rostrum  

Volume 91 Issue 4

2017 Spring Rostrum  

Volume 91 Issue 4