It was recently announced that Russ Tidwell, Garden City High School Debate and Forensics Coach, received a technology grant for $400 from the Julia Burke Foundation. Tidwell applied for the grant through the National Speech and Debate Association to support virtual speech and debate competition this school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Speech and Debate Association is working to provide financial support that will make it easier for teams to obtain items that support the engagement in virtual speech and debate activities.
The National Speech and Debate Association is the world’s largest honor society devoted to speech and debate activities, and bestows numerous awards and recognition to students, coaches, and schools. The organization also hosts the largest academic competition in the world, the National Speech and Debate Tournament.
The National Speech & Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities. While the organization has evolved over the decades, the mission is more relevant today than ever before. They connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate.