[Ndca-l] NDCA Awards Voting Update

Mike Shackelford mikeeshackelford
Mon Apr 7 21:43:47 EDT 2014


Hello Members,

Tomorrow was going to be the last day to vote for *Educator of the Year*
 and *Tournament Host of the Year *but I'm extending it until Wednesday the
9th to give people a bit more time to digest some additional information. I
sent out an email last week with a "Voters Guide" attachment and I just
found out it was blocked from the list (because of the attachment).

The guide, which includes *biographical information* for each nominee as
well as a* few kind but persuasive words from our nominators, *is now at
the bottom of this email.

Thank you for your patience and thoughtful consideration of each candidate.
Again, all you need to do to vote (or re-vote if you want to change your
mind based on this new material) is *send me an email.*

Hope to see you all this weekend.


NDCA AWARDS - VOTER'S GUIDE



Educator of the Year (Choose One)
*This award honors a coach who demonstrated excellence in fulfilling the
educational mission of the NDCA. *To read more about the awards and see
past winners, visit: http://www.debatecoaches.org/tournament/coach-awards/



*(___) Jonathan Alston, Newark Science High School, NJ. *



Jonathan is the Director of Forensics at Newark Science High School in New
Jersey (he's also an alum). Post attending a prestigious Ivy League
university, he decided to return to Newark Science to teach English and
coach debate. Twenty years later, he is still there working with students,
many who come from diverse social locations and experience hardship. For
well over a decade his student held the record for having the most TOC bids
in Lincoln Douglas Debate. He has coached numerous New Jersey State
Champions in Lincoln Douglas. Jonathan has worked to serve as a mentor to
younger coaches, in addition to pushing debate in Newark, as well as the
Northeast region. As one his nominators stated, "You will find no better
teacher than Jonathan Alston. You will find no better coach that Jonathan
Alston. As importantly, you will find no one that is a better advocate for
their students than Jonathan Alston. He deserves recognition for 20 years
of supporting and coaching kids. Many of which, without him, would have no
one to support them."



*(___) Sara Sanchez, Lexington High School, MA*



Sara is the Director of Debate at Lexington High School in Lexington,
Massachusetts, after having been an assistant coach at Rowland
Hall-St. Mark's, Sara has coached her students to the finals of the
Tournament of Champions in Policy, to the TOC Championship in LD, and has
coached an LD NDCA National Champion and Dukes & Bailey award
winner. Her students have also reached late elimination rounds at most
major national tournaments. During the summer, she teaches at
the University of Michigan Debate Institutes. As one of her nominators
declared, "I think she's the best high school debate coach working today.
She pushes her students to personal excellence while also being a warm and
compassionate mentor in their lives. She's constantly giving back and is
woven into nearly every part of the debate community."





*(___) David Smith, Highland High School, UT*



Dave is a US History teacher and the Director of Forensics at Highland High
School in Salt Lake City and has been coaching debate for over forty years.
He would've retired but he loves debate too much. He has served in a
variety of leadership roles in the NFL and UDCA and is considered a mentor
to countless current coaches. His teams have experienced a great deal of
success including dozens of TOC and NFL qualifications along with winning
the NCFL National Tournament. As one of his nominators warmly noted,
"Dave's students love him:  he travels with his policy teams all over the
Unites States which is one of the reasons they have been so competitive
over the years.  Dave coached his own children and lately he has coached
his grandchildren in debate. Over the years he has always been same
smiling, amiable, and easy going guy that he is today."













William Woods Tate Jr. Tournament Host of the Year (Choose One)
*This award honors a tournament that provides outstanding hospitality and a
high quality tournament experience for the debate community. *

To read more about the awards and see past winners, visit:
http://www.debatecoaches.org/tournament/coach-awards/





*(___) The Glenbrooks, Chicago, IL*



A brief word of support from one of its nominators: "Despite the challenges
of running the largest speech and debate tournament in the country, it is
consistently one of the best-run tournaments of the season. Events run on
time, the hospitality is great, and the competition and judging is great,
especially for such a large and geographically diverse tournament."
Detailed information about the tournament's offerings, tradition, and more
are available here: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/il/glenbrooks/info.asp.



*(___) JV & Novice Nationals/Woodward, Atlanta, GA*



A brief word of support from one of its nominators: "There is no detail
left to chance in this labor of love. They pour on the hospitality and
always have an eye toward making it a wonderful learning experience for the
competitors and the student-judges. The tournament is not run to make a
profit - and it shows." Detailed information about the tournament's
offerings, tradition, and more are available here:
http://www.joyoftournaments.com/ga/woodward/info.asp?p=1





*(___) The Meadows, Las Vegas, NV*



A brief word of support from one of its nominators: "The tournament is
unique and classy. They provide excellent food, build in a relaxing late
start on Saturday and give a one-of-a-kind the championship belt to the
winner. Plus, they make a charitable donation in place of speaker awards!"
Detailed information about the tournament's offerings, tradition, and more
are available here: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/nv/meadows/info.asp





(___) Mid-America Cup/Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA



A brief word of support from one of its nominators: "Valley was the best
tournament I've ever been to. They treat you like family (often times
letting competitors house with Valley families) and the tournament was
efficient, concise, fun, and memorable. My students reflected the same
opinions to me after the tournament, which says something!" Detailed
information about the tournament's offerings, tradition, and more are
available here: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/ia/mac/info.asp?p=1








*Your vote (an email reply to mikeeshackelford at gmail.com
<mikeeshackelford at gmail.com>) is due by April 9th.* If you would like to
send in a few words on why the nominee received your vote, please do. It
will make the award presentation much more meaningful and the nominees
always appreciate the kind words.



Awards will be presented at the 2014 NDCA National Championship Tournament
hosted by Weber State University in Ogden, UT on Sunday, April 13th.
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