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ANNUAL REPORT

2017-2018


WE ARE

SPEECH & DEBATE 401 Railroad Place, West Des Moines, IA 50265-4730 MISSION The National Speech & Debate Association connects, supports, and inspires a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate.

VISION We envision a world in which every student has access to membership in the National Speech & Debate Association, providing the educational resources, competitive opportunities, and expertise necessary to foster their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills.

CORE VALUES Integrity

Inclusion

Leadership

Service

Learn more at www.speechanddebate.org


FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Because of you, speech and debate prepares young people with the essential life skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Whether these young people are promoting democracy and civic engagement across the globe at the World Schools Debating Championship or advocating for their community every day in Parkland, Florida, I'm reminded of how bright the future is because of the speech and debate opportunities you make possible. As Neuteyshe Felizor reminds us on page 6, "By lifting our voices, we have limitless opportunities to create real change in policies and in our daily lives." Thank you for the generosity of your time volunteering or advocating for speech and debate. Thank you for making speech and debate a priority. You are making a difference every day in the lives of Neuteyshe and each of the tens of thousands of students participating in speech and debate! With gratitude,

J. Scott Wunn NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT | 2017-2018

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My wish is that we still have people committed enough to continue this activity, even though it’s a tough job and takes so much time. . . I hope that we will have the financial support we need from people and corporations who realize what a lifelong skill this is and the value it brings to communities and — Don Crabtree, former NSDA President companies. 

Well-known for his Hawaiian shirts, his even temper in high-pressure situations, and his calming presence on stage at the National Tournament, Don is a mentor, friend, and teacher to everyone who approaches him. This June, as a result of his historic number of coach service citations, the NSDA renamed the honor to the "Don Crabtree Distinguished Service Award." Don’s dedication to service, to speech and debate, and to the NSDA has always been all about the young people. “This activity saves so many kids who would fall through the cracks. They may never win tournaments, or even win a round, and that's of no importance. They find a safe space in speech and debate. They find a place to belong. They find a family."

President Don Crabtree retired from the National Speech & Debate Association’s Board of Directors in July of 2018. Don has dedicated more than 46 years of his life to speech and debate as a coach, a district leader, a district chair, a member of the NSDA Board of Directors, and as vice president and finally president of the Board.


2017–2018 MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS STUDENT HONOR SOCIETY DEGREES

COACH HONOR SOCIETY DEGREES

SCHOOLS EARNING AT LEAST ONE DEGREE

76,729

3,608

3,712

NEW STUDENTS

N AT I O N A L TOURNAMENT

NEW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ATTENDEES

TOTAL $ IN DIRECT PROGRAM ASSISTANCE

31,424

5,663

$514,992

NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

TOTAL NATS 18 LIVESTREAM VIEWS

TOTAL $ IN STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

3,002

FUNDING

148,336 $170,250 NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT | 2017-2018

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We have created a culture that states, ‘Because silence is just easier, it's more effective’. But, we are wrong. As a nation, our silence is no longer a discretionary tool of communication. . . I challenge us all to get out of our comfort zones and address the reality of the injustices experienced by far too many in our communities. By lifting our voices, we have limitless opportunities to create real change in policies and in our daily lives. 

— Neuteyshe Felizor, “No More Silent Moments” original oration Charles Flanagan High School – Class of 2017

The National Speech & Debate Association partnered with the Broward County Public Schools Active Voice Project to kick off the 2018 National Speech & Debate Tournament with a live event presented by Students Demand Action called Powerful Voices. Meaningful Changes. A diverse set of Broward County speech and debate students gave performances on the importance of voices. The event highlighted the importance of empowering students to exercise their voices to express their views and participate actively in an open exchange of ideas as taught through speech and debate.


2017–2018 FINANCIAL SUMMARY EXPENSES

REVENUE

$4,274,795

$4,751,121 EVENTS

EDUCATION AND PROGRAMS

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

DUES AND FEES

EVENTS

BUILDING AND GROUNDS FUNDRAISING SALES

FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

40%

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

9%

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

30%

FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT

25%

DUES AND FEES

26%

EDUCATION AND PROGRAMS

4%

BUILDING AND GROUNDS

30%

EVENTS

15%

SALES

18%

EVENTS

3%

FUNDRAISING

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It’s one thing to read about the Turkish education system or the Singaporean legal code, but it’s entirely another to discuss them with people your age for whom those things are everyday life. 

— Ella Michaels, former USA Debate Team Captain Hollywood High School – Class of 2018

Ella spent two years on the USA Debate Team but has been active in speech and debate since the start of high school. A former California state champion and NSDA national finalist (House), Ella helped USA Debate reached global success during her time, including a third place finish at the 2017 World Championship In Bali, Indonesia, and earning sixth place at the 2018 World Championship in Singapore. In addition to being captain of her school's debate team, she is a founding member of her school's Model United Nations team and interns with California State Senator Robert Hertzberg during the summer. She also interned for Rostrum, the magazine of the National Speech & Debate Association. Ella’s hope for USA Debate? “A World Championship, of course! But beyond that, I primarily hope that the privilege of membership is available to as many people as possible.”


2018 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT SPONSORS P L AT I N U M L E V E L

S I LV E R L E V E L

Arthur N. Rupe foundation A N R F

R U BY L E V E L

Creative Solutions for Societal Issues

SAPPHIRE LEVEL

JAMES M. COPELAND

TOM AND VICKI ROLLINS

EMERALD LEVEL

A. C. ELEY FUND CARMENDALE FERNANDES FUND VICTOR JIH ADAM AND ASHLEY JOHNSON

HAROLD C. KELLER FUND FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF MINH A. LUONG MCCARTHEY FAMILY FOUNDATION HARLAND B. MITCHELL FUND

LANNY D. AND B. J. NAEGELIN FUND DONUS AND LOVILA ROBERTS SANDRA SILVERS FUND RICHARD B. SODIKOW FUND

BOB AND SALLI STOCKTON WILLIAM WOODS TATE, JR., FUND JOE AND PAM WYCOFF

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Speech and debate taught me how to examine all sides of a problem. This makes me a better leader. 

— Norisha Kirts Tioga High School, LA – Class of 1999

Norisha Kirts, one of the NSDA alums featured in the 2018 Black History Month Poster series, is the president of NRK Construction, a commercial and residential firm operating in Southeast Louisiana. To view her poster and the complete series, visit our website at: www.speechanddebate.org/ black-history-month/


BLACK HISTORY MONTH – FEBRUARY 2018 #SPARKLE AD ERS

# SPARKL E ADERS

IN A WORLD THAT TEACHES BLACK WOMEN THAT WE ARE LESS THAN, SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME THAT I CAN BE EVERYTHING AND SO MUCH MORE .

BEING ABLE TO ORGANIZE AND ARTICULATE MY VIEWS PREPARED ME WELL FOR LAW SCHOOL AND BEYOND. MY CAREER AS A LAWYER , STATE REPRESENTATIVE , AND NOW MAYOR SIGNIFICANTLY BENEFITED FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN SPEECH AND DEBATE .

#SPAR KLE ADER S

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE.

DR . THOMAS F. FREEMAN Director of Forensics at Texas Southern University

ANDREA AMBAM Raymore-Peculiar High School, MO - Class of 2015

SYLVESTER TURNER

2014 Original Oratory national champion and 2015 Original Oratory finalist

www.speechanddebate.org

Teacher of Martin Luther King Jr., Denzel Washington, and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Mayor of Houston, Texas

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Inspired by recommendations from the African American/ Black Coaches’ Caucus and in partnership with Wiley College, the NSDA created a series of classroom and tournament resources to celebrate Black History Month in 2018.

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Members were invited to commemorate the month in their school or community with 45 free, downloadable posters. Special speech and debate resources were also created to enhance practices, classrooms, or tournament experiences. NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT | 2017-2018

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2017–2018 INDIVIDUAL DONORS 

AUGUST 1, 2017 – JULY 31, 2018

Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC Texas Forensic Association Joan Van Wyke and Jennifer White Joe and Pam Wycoff QUARTERFINALIST ($1,000 – $2,499) Hunter and Michael Arton Teri L. DiGiulian Jason Fernandez In Memory of William Woods Tate, Jr.

FINALIST ($5,000 AND UP) Anonymous David and Katherine Abel In Memory of LaVoy and Jo Ann Abel

James M. Copeland Ed and Liz Holland Adam and Ashley Johnson The Lanier Law Firm, P.C. Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation Tom and Vicki Rollins SEMIFINALIST ($2,500 – $4,999) Robert J. Feldhake In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

David C. Frederick and Sophia Lynn In Memory of B. J. and Lanny Naegelin

Josh Gad and Ida Darvish Hip Pops Handcrafted Awesomeness Victor Jih Shelly and Greg Lanier David Lopez In Memory of B. J. and Lanny Naegelin

Michael Morris Christopher Regan Donus and Lovila Roberts Melisa L. Wilson J. Scott and Megan Wunn OCTAFINALIST ($500 – $999) Anonymous Kristen Soltis Anderson Dianna and Brett Bordewick

The Kettles Law Firm 12

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Kirby Chin In Memory of Richard B. Sodikow

Betsy and Cherian Koshy Michael and Linda Langford In Honor and Memory of Jim and Joy Robbins

David Mainiero J. E. Masters In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Alina Matthew In Honor of Sunny Toreihi

Deano and Vicki Pape Poetic License, Inc. Ed Purdy Robert Runcie Deborah Simon Jill Sitnick In Memory of Carl Grecco

Joshua D. Swartsel David Wendt DOUBLE OCTAFINALIST ($250 – $499) Stefan Bauschard Joel Butterly California High School Speech Association Peter L. Coffey and Kristine H. Cleary David and Barbara Dansky

East Texas NSDA District David Hung In Honor of Nicole Wanzer-Serrano

Robert Ickes In Honor of Jenny Cook

Drs. Jill Irvine and Ron Halterman Lone Star NSDA District The Mersol Family Jeffrey Miller Johnny Molson In Memory of William Woods Tate, Jr.

Julie Nelson North Texas Longhorns NSDA District Jackie and Michael Oakes Mel Olson Dr. Polly and Bruce Reikowski Rotary Club of Algiers James W. Rye III Steven and Anna Schappaugh Monica Silverstein Susan Sprung and Christopher Keyser Margaret Owen Thorpe Jill Van Wyke Lisa and Darrell Vossekuil Jacqueline Whisman Anne White


COMPETITOR ($100 – $249) Anonymous (2) Arlene Akerman Marcia Allen Marisa and Kyle Anderson Susan Anderson Byron Arthur Dr. Kenny and Nancy Barfield Patrick Bishop Roger and Doris Brannan In Honor of Don Crabtree and Donus Roberts

Judith Brisman In Memory of Dr. Alfred “Tuna” Snider

Jennifer Burton Dario Camara In Honor of Grace Schappaugh and CJ WanzerSerrano

Gregg T. Campbell Virginia Tyler Campbell Charlton Campbell-Hughes Alden B. Chace Jr. In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Eric Charping In Memory of Bill Gibron

Ben Churba Sydney Conrad Helen S. Corry

Grant Ebenger Celeste and Jim Egger In Honor of Steve Schappaugh

Thomas Evnen In Honor of Steve Schappaugh

Jacqueline Evrard-Vescio Mark Ferguson Mariano y Helena Fiallos In Honor of Steve Schappaugh

Charlton G. C. Friedberg Trust Mary Gormley In Memory of Sarah Gormley

Betsy Hanmer Steve and Lynn Hanon Aaron Hardy Elena Herskowitz David Hingstman David and Judy Huston Adam J. Jacobi and Dr. J. Scott Baker Jennifer Jerome David and Dianne Johnson Robert J. Kelly Norisha Kirts Sarah Knobloch Megan Koester Karen and Garry Kravit Vicki Larsen

Joseph Leary Dr. Tommie Lindsey, Jr. Dr. Robert S. Littlefield

In Memory of Harry and LeVoyne Littlefield

Tim Luke and Kay Heidbreder Judith and Samuel Mamet Rev. and Mrs. David C. Marx In Memory of Marian Milstead

Louie Mattachione Ray and Pam McComas In Honor of Emily Bratton

Chase and Lauren McCool Steve Meadows In Honor of Karen Miyakado

Varsha and Aaron Monick Renee Motter Laura Natzke Chris Palmer Dr. J. W. Patterson

Nubia Serrano Timothy and Christine Sheaff Alexandra Shilko Jamey Siefert In Memory of B. J. and Lanny Naegelin

St. Andrew's Episcopal School In Honor of Tanner McGee and In Memory of Perry Tyner Tate

James Stage Ron Steinhorst Danielle Strait Susan, Eric, and Jacqueline Sutherland Dr. Max Thompson In Memory of Mrs. Opal Hall

Cindi and Aaron Timmons

In Memory of Dr. Alfred “Tuna” Snider

Daniel Tyree Maureen Voll

In Memory of Carl Grecco

Dr. Randy Patterson

Nicole and Darrel Wanzer-Serrano Gregory F. Wells Betty Whitlock

Lois Pierson Warren Poschman Jim and Colleen Reisener Mike Reszler Krysta and Ernie Rose Amy and Ray Seidelman

Chase Williams Jonathan Wolshuck Jack Xue Carol and Dave Zanto

In Memory of William Woods Tate, Jr. In Memory of William Woods Tate, Jr.

In Honor of Kathy Owens

In Memory of William Woods Tate, Jr., and Bro. Rene Sterner

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2017–2018 INDIVIDUAL DONORS  DONOR ($0 – $99) Anonymous Shawn and Lynn Aiken Tim and Lauren Averill In Memory of Phyllis Barton

Dean and Elaine Beaupain Michael Bole Arthur and Emily Bratton Sarah Brazier Lauren Burdt Christine Campbell Karan Choudhary Genna Cohen Scott Cox In Memory of Carl Grecco

Don and Ann Crabtree Kendra Dahlstrom Daniel DeBois Katie DeSimone Walker Desing Kathy and Dan Dumke In Memory of William Woods Tate, Jr.

Liberty Dunn Shannon Duus Kirsten Ellermann Antonia Espey

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Tracey Faenza Dalton Feeley Matthew Feng Katie Ferman Stacey Freeman In Honor of Steve Schappaugh

Steve and Ari Gloss/Sharelle In Honor of Robin Gloss

Nancy Gordon Sarah Gordon Jane Hagedorn David Harper Katie Hines Mina Hoffman F. Patrick Hughes Jessica Hughes Robert Ihrig Amber Johnson Marian Joss Michelle Kelsey Kearl Peter and Vered Klein In Honor of Nicole Wanzer-Serrano

Jason Kline William and Valerie Koeber Amy Koko In Memory of Bill Gibron

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Jennifer Konfrst In Honor of Steve Schappaugh

Emily Kriegel Susan Kriegel Jason Kurth Clare Lascelles Ken and Michelle Law In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Walter Lemanski Anthony Leys Matthew Linn Colin Malinak Scott and Beth Maltzie Elliot Mamet Kalie Marsicano In Honor of Steve Schappaugh

Karen Martin In Honor of Steve Schappaugh

Virginia J. Mayes Randall McCutcheon In Memory of Amy McCutcheon

Edward McGuire Art McMillion James Menchinger In Memory of Margaret Miller

Amy Miesel In Honor of Rachel Carlson

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Jason Moore In Memory of Carl Grecco

Alexandria Murru Susan Napier and Alex Berger Natasha Naseem Grant Nelson Ryan L. Nelson Patrice Ott Lisa Pelton Scott and Melody Crick Peters Sister Mary Patricia Plumb, S.N.J.M. Kate Polit Kenneth Posner Donald Randolph Daniel Rego Michael Reid Annie Reisener Reece Ristau Joan Roberts Fred and Amy Robertson Maria Ruhe Brooke Ryan Yvonne Schaeffer Natalie M. Schira

Joshua Schmidt In Memory of Carl Grecco

Liora and Ehud Schmidt Christy Schneider Paul Sevigny Louie Sloven Micki W. Smith Gail Stage Steve Stein Gregory Stevens Anthony Tovar Rhianna Urban In Honor of Megan and J. Scott Wunn

Stephanie and Scott VanderBruggen Peeranut Visetsuth Chad Wagner Libby Waterbury Lisa Weber Brett Campbell Alcarese Welch Lonny and Linda Wunn Drew Young Shelby and Ryan Young Claire and Steve Zawistowski Nicole Zeoli


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