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ANNUAL REPORT

2019-2020


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 speech and debate.

VISION We envision a world in which every school provides speech and debate programs to foster each student’s communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills.

CORE VALUES Equity • Integrity • Respect • Leadership • Service

Learn more at www.speechanddebate.org


FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR No one can better demonstrate the benefits of speech and debate than our students. This year, the annual report is exclusively online to allow you to see and hear the impact you are having firsthand from our students and alumni. As you read, please click the video icons throughout to be taken to powerful performances and compelling speeches that encapsulate the 2019-2020 year. Thank you for creating speech and debate opportunities that build communities for tens of thousands of students, coaches, and alumni. With gratitude,

J. Scott Wunn

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2020 HIGH SCHOOL CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS

The 2020 National Tournament was the first of its kind in the 95 years of our organization’s history. In the midst of a global pandemic, the tournament moved online and teams across the country adapted to a new challenge and exceeded all expectations.

The historic 2020 online National Tournament is a statement to the community that youth voices are essential, even during the toughest of times. In times of pain and strife, sometimes the best thing we can do is hear the messages of our youth.


2020 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT STATISTICS

6,659

923

300

COMPETITORS

ZOOM ROOMS

VOLUNTEERS

3,051

5,000

TROPHIES EARNED

SOLVED HELPLINE TICKETS

125,492 NATS20 VIDEO PLAYLIST

LIVESTREAM VIEWERS

View the complete 2020 National Tournament Awards Ceremony along with other video highlights, including the Opening Ceremony from the 2020 Senior Open Showcase. NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT | 2019-2020

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There is so much power and magic in storytelling. It can include people, give you a voice, and evoke so many emotions. Speech and debate can give people like me the tools to be able to talk about discrepancies in the world and things that matter to us. The only way we can do that is by speaking.

— Jaylon Muchison | Belleville West High School, IL

— Daniel Hodges

2020 NSDA NATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR and

Sioux Falls Lincoln High School, SD - Class of 2005

2020 HUMOROUS INTERPRETATION NATIONAL CHAMPION

The William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year award annually recognizes one individual out of more than 140,000 student members who best embodies the organization’s Code of Honor: integrity, humility, respect, leadership, and service. Nominees must also demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to the speech and debate community. The 2020 NSDA National Student of the Year award is presented by Richard Bitner in honor of Sharon Porter.

Watch Jaylon's We Will Adapt video.


2019-2020 OPERATING RESULTS REVENUE

EXPENSES

$3,610,882

$3,610,882 FUNDRAISING

MEMBERSHIP FEES

USA DEBATE

MEMBER SERVICES

FUNDRAISING

USA DEBATE DEFERRED REVENUE*

SALES

32%

MEMBERSHIP FEES

11%

GRANTS/DONATIONS FOR

16%

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

5% 1.5% 1.5% 16%

GRANTS/DONATIONS FOR

17%

SALES

35%

FUNDRAISING

MEMBER SERVICES

NATIONALS

ADVERTISING

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

CONFERENCE

NATIONALS

MEMBER SERVICES ADVERTISING

GRANTS/DONATIONS FOR

USA DEBATE

SALES

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

64%

MEMBER SERVICES

4%

FUNDRAISING

20%

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

3%

USA DEBATE

7%

SALES

2%

CONFERENCE

DEFERRED REVENUE*

*Deferred revenue includes funding received in previous fiscal years restricted for FY20 use. NATIONAL SPEECH & DEBATE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT | 2019-2020

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Watch Josh's remarks.

Frankly, it's the National Speech & Debate Association that prepared me for the career that I now have.

— Josh Gad Actor, Comedian, and Singer | NSDA Alum of University School, FL

2020 NSDA ALUMNI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Best known for voicing Olaf in Frozen and playing Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, Gad won the NSDA national championship in Original Oratory in 1998, and both Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory in 1999.

— Glenn Singleton President and Founder of Pacific Educational Group Creator of Courageous Conversation™ and Beyond Diversity™

2020 NSDA COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR

Let’s evolve. It’s been way too long in this country that we have practiced skills of denial and delusion around race. Race matters. Race matters every day, all the time, from the very first moment when we breathe air into the society, we are breathing racialized air. And this air will not change by us acting like it does not exist. This air will not change by us fighting one another, denying the reality of racism in our society. And so if I can urge us to do one thing, that is discover how race plays out in each and every one of our lives. And in doing so we will enter into that new reality. We

can’t eradicate racism without dealing with race.

Watch Glenn's speech.


2020 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 f oun dati on A N R F

Creative Solutions for Societal Issues

R U BY L E V E L

EMERALD LEVEL

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

SAPPHIRE LEVEL

RICHARD BITNER

JAMES M. COPELAND

HAROLD C. KELLER FUND MCCARTHEY FAMILY FOUNDATION HARLAND B. MITCHELL FUND LANNY D. AND B. J. NAEGELIN FUND DONUS AND LOVILA ROBERTS SANDRA SILVERS FUND

TOM AND VICKI ROLLINS

RICHARD B. SODIKOW FUND BOB AND SALLI STOCKTON WILLIAM WOODS TATE, JR., FUND TINA WANG FUND JOE AND PAM WYCOFF

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Past and present speech and debate coaches from across the country have created a message by performing a collection of literature for their students—students who are struggling to perform and speak their own messages right now. These coaches want to remind all of their students that we will make it through this pandemic, that they aren't alone right now, and that they need to keep using their voices to make the world a better place.

Actor, presenter, director, and producer

Watch the recording of You Are Not Alone: An Interpretive Program by Your Coaches.

2020 has brought unprecedented changes and challenges to our members. In an effort to reach out, a group of NSDA coaches compiled an interpretive program to raise the spirits of their students. NSDA Board Member Byron R. Arthur said it best: "So we thought, 'What can we do to help?' ...We did the only thing that we knew how to do—communicate. I was humbled that C. Ryan Joyce asked me to join in with some of the most talented creative and inspiring people that this activity has known. And so, we put together a program which is entitled 'You Are Not Alone'. It was simply our way of saying, 'We understand. We acknowledge. We are here for you. We care. And things will get better.'"

— Michael Urie


TRIBUTE TO COACHES "Mr. Simmons really invests in the person and not the competitor, which I think is really important in speech and debate. He's always there for us, and he really takes the time to learn about us and get to know us."

— Alexandra Kallaher, Northwest Career and Technical Academy, NV

The NSDA's greatest assets are our member coaches who devote themselves to carrying out our mission to connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through speech and debate. This year's National Tournament broadcast included a recording of students offering their thanks to their coaches. See Alexandra's video and others by following the video link below.

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Never before in the history of civilization has the ability to communicate effectively been more important than it is today. Never before have so many diverse voices clamored for public attention and competed for our acceptance.

— Mollie — Daniel MartinHodges Broussard 2020 SiouxNSDA Falls Lincoln HALL High OF FAME School, "LEGENDS" SD - Class of INDUCTEE 2005

In addition to the four inductees elected by their peers, a fifth "Legends" inductee is chosen annually to join the ranks of the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame. This individual can be an older or deceased coach or non-coach who is worthy of consideration. Watch the NSDA Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees video.

To view photos and biographies of each NSDA Hall of Fame member inducted since 1978, visit: www.speechanddebate.org /hall-of-fame.


2019–2020 INDIVIDUAL DONORS  QUARTERFINALIST ($1,000 – $2,499)

AUGUST 1, 2019 – JULY 31, 2020

OCTAFINALIST ($500 – $999)

David and Katherine Abel Anonymous

Yvonne and Kirby Chin

Kristen Soltis Anderson Hunter and Michael Arton Ted W. Belch

James Cox

Richard Bitner

Mark Ferguson

Robert Ickes

Dale DeLetis

Jill Irvine and Ron Halterman

FINALIST ($5,000 AND UP)

In Honor of Debbie Simon

In Memory of Dr. Alfred “Tuna” Snider

Bob Bilyeu

In Memory of Richard B. Sodikow

Peter L. Coffey and Kristine H. Cleary

Susan Anderson

Sarah Knobloch

Beth and Pat Ingram Adam J. Jacobi and J. Scott Baker, Ph.D.

Faisal and Hina Habib

The Kettles Law Firm

Dr. Robert S. Littlefield

Adam and Ashley Johnson

David Lopez

J. E. Masters

Tom and Vicki Rollins Joe and Pam Wycoff SEMIFINALIST

($2,500 – $4,999)

Michael and Linda Langford In Honor of Jim Robbins and In Memory Joy Robbins

Jill Sitnick In Memory of Carl Grecco

Bob and Salli Stockton

In Memory of B. J. and Lanny Naegelin

Alexandra and Matthew Murray Quynh Nguyen and Mark Michaels Donus and Lovila Roberts Michael J. Shapiro Deborah Simon In Honor of Dale DeLetis and In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

J. Scott and Megan Wunn

David Baker

David and Judy Huston

Shelly and Greg Lanier

In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Raymond and Pam McComas In Honor of Natalie McComas Gallecier

Mike and Jackie Oakes

Vicki Pape

Mel Olson

Dr. Randy Patterson In Memory of Reba Brown Miller

In Honor of James M. Copeland

Bret Culpepper

F. Patrick Hughes

JEPS Foundation

Anonymous Jarrius Adams

Mary Gormley

In Honor of Joni Anker

COMPETITOR ($100 – $249)

Jennifer Burton David and Barbara Dansky

Facebook Fundraisers

The Lanier Law Firm, P.C.

DOUBLE OCTAFINALIST ($250 – $499)

Bellwether Education Partners, Inc.

Poetic License, Inc.

In Memory of Ken Strange

Dr. Kenny and Nancy Barfield Ms. Margo Batha Stefan Bauschard Gay Brasher Judith Brisman Gregg T. Campbell Virginia Tyler Campbell Glenn R. Cavanaugh Alden B. Chace In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Don and Ann Crabtree

Amy and Ray Seidelman

Celeste and Jim Egger

Susan Sprung and Christopher Keyser

Toni Espey

Cindi and Aaron Timmons Ms. Anne White

Susan and Eric Sutherland

Charlton G. C. Friedberg Trust

Melisa L. Wilson

David Wendt

Betsy Hanmer

David Zarefsky

Mark Zhou and Hong Jiang

Steve and Lynn Hanon

Mr. Joshua D. Swartsel In Memory of Harold Keller

Jacqueline Evrard-Vescio

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2019–2020 INDIVIDUAL DONORS  (COMPETITOR CONTINUED)

Aaron Hardy Jan Heiteen Bill and Charlotte Hicks David Hingstman Jennifer Jerome Jennifer and Lee Konfrst In Honor of Ellie Konfrst, Des Moines Roosevelt Class of 2018

James Poterba In Memory of Edwin Kelly

Zachary Prax Yvonne Schaeffer

DONOR ($0 – $99)

Susan Kriegel

James W. Rye III

Michael Amadeo

Ronald Krikac

Liora and Ehud Schmidt

Marisa Anderson

Clare Lascelles Ken and Michelle Law

Nubia Serrano

Joni Anker In Honor of Robert Ickes

In Memory of Carmendale Fernandes

Steven and Anna Schappaugh

Byron Arthur

Mr. Walter Lemanski

Timothy and Christine Sheaff

Bonnie Bonnette

Derek Liles

Jamey Siefert

Georgia Brady

Greg and Alma Malis

Doris and Roger Brannan

Scott and Beth Maltzie

Scott Cox

Randall McCutcheon

In Memory of B. J. and Lanny Naegelin

Robert and Sandra Krueger

Michael E. Starks

David Lillehaug

Laura Stein

In Memory of Carl Grecco

James E. Menchinger In Memory of Margaret Miller

Rev. and Mrs. David C. Marx

Ron Steinhorst

Anthony Figliola

Timothy McAuliffe

Daniel and Charlotte Tyree

Mr. Collin Galster

Ryan L. Nelson

Chase and Lauren McCool

Andrea Garcia

Margaret Owen Thorpe

Edward McGuire

Nicole and Darrel Wanzer-Serrano

James Gentile

William Ponder

Art McMillion

Lisa Weber

Jessica Hughes

Annie Reisener

Steve Meadows

Natalie Weber

Robert and Gail Ihrig

Grace Rogers

Gregory F. Wells

Robert J. Kelly

Betty Whitlock and Kathy Owens

Peter and Vered Klein

In Honor of Dr. Randy Patterson

Susan Napier and Alex Berger Grant Nelson Chris Palmer Cpt. Joseph L. and Jan Pizzo

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Warren Poschman

(CONTINUED)

In Memory of Doris Compere

Jason Kline

Jonathan Wolshuck

William and Valerie Koeber

Marie Yang and Oliver Huang

Emily Kriegel

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Paul Sevigny Caroline and Jon Skidmore Micki W. Smith Krishna Somayajula Ashley Sovereign Danielle Strait Ashley Strasser Michael and Lynn Sullivan Stephanie and Scott VanderBruggen Ronald and Brett Welch Rachel Wimpee Carol and Dave Zanto

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