The National Speech & Debate Association
(NSDA) was founded in 1925. NSDA offers a system of incentives for students to participate in debate and forensics. Students may earn points in accordance with their success at tournaments. After a student earns over 25 points, they become eligible for lifetime membership in NSDA. The points are cumulative for the students’ career. Only NSDA members are allowed to compete in NSDA District tournaments (which qualify for the NSDA National Speech & Debate tournament). Prominent NSDA alumni include Chadwick Boseman, Zac Efron, Jordan Peele, Brad Pitt, Pinterest Founder Ben Silberman, President Lyndon Johnson, Josh Gad, Stephen Colbert, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Academy Award winner Don Ameche, Emmy Award winner Daniel J. Travanti, actress Shelly Long, television host Oprah Winfrey, news anchor Jane Pauley, Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer, Elizabeth Warren, and thousands of other leaders in politics, business, education, law, and public service. Since its founding in 1925, NSDA has enrolled over 1.2 million members in all fifty states, U.S. possessions and several foreign countries. Currently over 140,000 high school students and over 3,000 high school teachers are active members.