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August 2016

Membership Registration Open!

Please register at

(Speaking of registration, your Stoa membership dues have been slightly increased by $5. This small increase will fund the development of software for universal registrations and for speech ranking. The goal of the Stoa board is to develop and test the software this academic year, and employ the new software by tournament season 2017-2018! If you want to contribute more to Stoa’s software development efforts, you can become part of the project here:

Stoa Eligibility Graphic

Okay. It's confusing. (Though not as confusing as soccer... )

New Rules, New Events

We know you want these! The committees are doing some amazing(ly difficult) work, so please look for these soon. Our goal is September 1.

  • Speech ballots revamped
  • Cold reading rules finalized, incorporating member feedback
  • What is "published"? Clarification coming
  • Mars Hill has unique new categories, plus topic changes (including... graffiti and sculptures!)
  • Duo Interp rules are broadened
Look for these soon! Our goal is September 1... but a goal is an objective, not a contract. :)

Have you Visited the New Website?

Have you visited the new website yet? Check it out at: The new website is full of tools for YOU. 
  • Interested in Stoa but not sure you want to join? Check out the Get Started page. 
  • Ready to dive in and find tournaments, event rules, and resources? Check out the For Members page. 
  • Looking ahead to NITOC? Read the NITOC page.
  • Interested in Stoa leadership, logos, marketing items, or bylaws? Check out the About page.
  • Want to join Stoa in Changing the World for Christ? Check out the Donate page.
The Stoa Board has plans to continue to make this website a valuable tool for YOU. If you have any input or wishes for the website, please contact 

New Stoa Logos

Remember to update your letterhead and website with the latest Stoa logos.  You can find them here:

Gateway to the New Season

Stoa Academy was a great success! We had an awesome time of learning and fellowship. In case you missed it, St. Louis was the home of our 2016 Stoa Academy. This is our annual event to nourish and replenish Stoa parents and coaches. We were treated with amazing hospitality by Lisa Carper, her crew, and the Pillar Foundation for our time of refreshment and renewal for the new season. Our speakers from all over the country inspired the participants and gave “hot off the press” information regarding the new season.
The time was also extremely valuable to the Stoa board, the speech committee, and the debate committee as this venue allowed for the members of these groups to come in a few days early and have face to face meetings before the academy started. That was a very productive time and much planning was accomplished as we look forward to the new season.
If you weren’t able to join us, please be thinking ahead now to summer of 2017 so that you can be a part of this unique event. We hope to announce the date and location later this fall so that you can make plans to join us for the next Stoa Academy.
To God be the Glory, Great things He had done!
Your Stoa Academy Co-Chairs,
Angela Childress and Mary Winther

LexisNexis – Registration Open

Register here:

Stoa is pleased to partner with LexisNexis to provide members with access to the best research tools available. When purchased through Stoa, the cost is $40 per individual for the whole tournament season. When purchased without the Stoa discount, this single user license could cost up to $2000 per year! Take advantage of this fantastic deal to give your students that research edge.

Stoa Culture: Walk in Love

Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  (NIV)
When Mary broke the alabaster jar and poured the contents over Jesus’ head, the disciples cried out in indignation, but Jesus’ recognized the fragrant offering for what it was. (Matt 26:13) 
Stoa is more than a speech and debate competition; we are a part of the church representing the body of Christ to an unsaved world.  At the same time we are to exhort and encourage one another in our Christian walk.  As we start this new season, remember at every club meeting, at every class, and at every tournament, we are to be imitators of God.  Let every part of our walk, including our behavior in speech and debate, represent that fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Until Next Time...

Mark Russell, Dave McKinely, Debbie Snyder, MelRae Ambs, Mary Winther, Angela Childress, Craig Smith, Robert Kwong (former Board member), (not pictured CJ Tam and Patricia Shaw)

"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen." ~Romans 11:36

Stoa Core Values Highlight

Core Value 1: We are committed to following established process and structure.

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