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    WHO ARE WE?

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    About NSDA

    NSDA China

    National Speech & Debate Association,The National Speech & Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities. While our organization has evolved over the decades, our mission is more relevant today than ever before. We connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate.

    NSDA China, as the exclusive NSDA affliation in Mainland China, was created in 2012 in partnership with Dipont Management Group, in charge of the "High School Academic Speech and Debate" program in China. NSDA China is devoted to promoting and supporting academic speech and debate in Mainland China. We host tournaments, organize both domestic and international workshops, support speech and debate programs within schools, as well as organize teams of students to compete in tournaments worldwide.

    Data

    • 93Years of Commitment
    • Over 1.5million members enrolled worldwide
    • The National Tournament is held in14districts in China in the 2017-18 season
    • 570+Partner schools in China
    • Over 10000+ students participated in speech and debate programs in the 2017-18 academic year
    • 81%Of our award-winning debaters (Class of 2018) were accepted by world's top 50 universities

    Membership

    NSDA members receive merit points for their training and accomplishments, which accumulates in the NSDA membership system. Such membership is seen as the national high school speech and debate honor society; with higher degrees and membership carrying more weight than ever in college admissions reviews. Students who are members of NSDA stand out in the college admissions process.

    Why Become A Member?

    What Our Debaters Say?

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    Michael Haobo Chen

    4th NSDA national best speaker, graduated from
    RDFZ, currently study in Chicago University
    of Chicago.

    "The meaning of debate is that you'll learn to see problems critically, and do things with a more thorough attitude. You'll start approaching issues from every possible angle instead of what's stereotypically given. When I started debating, I've became more aware of my words and arguments, and less extreme. You'll become more understanding, because debate teaches you to make warranted arguments instead of just throwing an opinion out there."

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    Xiao LIANG

    2013 NSDA National Champion, graduated from
    NFLS, currently study in Wellesley College

    “If I were to define debate, I would say it's not just simply about learning to think critically, or accumulating knowledge, or improving your english reading and writing skills, or reconstructing your values. That's only a part of it. To me, debate was an unforgettable experience: it was perserverance despite crazy schedules, the urge to have explore the greater world, and the desire to spread my voice."

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    Ruiyi LI

    2015-2016 Sichuan Regional Champion,
    graduated from NFLS, currently study in
    Harvard University

    "Debate has given me the opportunity to come across and discuss issues that I've never had to think about before. I've learned to think critically, and through debate, I've gained a simple but broad understanding of various academic areas such as economics, politics, international relations and others. I love how I was continously challenging myself and learning."

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    Lulu YANG

    2015 NSDA National Champion, graduated from RDFZ,
    currently studying at Georgetown University

    "Debate had me start asking questions, and through public speaking and logic reasoning, I've also learned to think from various perspectives. I realized that persuasive speech is not my forte, because simlpy telling someone something and persuading them are very different things. In order to get better, I worked on my speaking skills with my coaches and my teammates, and I saw myself improving after every session. I've also learned to become more confident in this process."

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    Haoming LIU

    5th NSDA National runner-up, 2017-2018 Nanjing,
    Regional Champion Graduated from NFLS,
    currently studying at Macalester College

    "Debate has lit up my passion for life, for learning, and for the world. I used to be a little socially akward, and didn't really care about anything, but debate has helped me find myself."

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    Yiwen LU

    the 2nd TOC National Runner-up, 2016-2017 NSDA
    Shanghai Regional, Jilin Regional Open excellent speaker,
    graduated from JDFZ, currently studying at Chicago Universiy

    "Debate has made me realize that the world isn't just divided into black and white, and there isn't such thing as absolute right or absolute wrong. PRO and CON are merely perspectives backed by a series of arguments. That's when I stopped wanting to be so righteous all the time and started accepting the validity of differing opinions. I would say I've became more accepting as a whole.

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    Yujia WANG

    2014-2015 NSDA Xian Regional Runner-up, Graduated
    from XAJDFZ, currently studying at Peking University.

    "Debate has taught me how to approach issues and problems that happen in our world today more critically and rationally. What's more, I've come to realize the purpose of an education. For most people, a good education is important because it helps you find a good job and hence lead a good life. I don't disagree, but I think it's more than that. I've come to see the complexity of the world through debate- things that seem completely unrelated may in fact connect and impact each other in ways you can't imagine. Most people spend their ... "

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    Qiruo GUO

    4th NSDA National Champion, Graduated from RDFZ,
    currently studying at Yale University.

    "I used to hate planning ahead. I'm more of a spontaneous person, making decisions as I go along. But debate has changed me. To me, debate isn't a competition where you just improvise on the spot. A good debater is someone who prepares ahead of time- all the possible arguments, rebuttals/blocks, crossfire questions that could come up. This then makes it easy to win."

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    Lixuan XU

    Stanford invitational competition top 32, graduated from Shanghai High School,
    now studying at Washington University in St. Louis.

    " Debate, like other academic competitions, is a rigous program that requires commitment and hard work. In the U.S., debate is a very mature program from middle school up until college: universities would offer scholarships at debate tournaments; high schools have interscholastic, district, and even national events. We don't value debate nearly as much as they do. I think this is why they have so many excellent debaters and public speakers."