Nebraska School Activities Association

“State Speech Spotlight” at the 2023 NSAA State Speech Championships

LINCOLN – The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) will be adding the “State Speech Spotlight: Open Division” to the NSAA State Speech Championships. Spotlight will be speech competition for students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Starting this year, each of the six classes of competition could have up to two sections of Spotlight.

Students participating in Spotlight may perform any of the following individual events: Informative, Persuasive, Entertainment, Poetry, Program Oral Interpretation, Humorous Prose, or Serious Prose. An NSAA-registered judge will provide feedback to all those that participate. All participants will also receive an NSAA medal as a part of the awards ceremony in each class.

“The NSAA is dedicated to promoting social inclusion within fine arts activities. We believe in providing fine arts opportunities for all students,” said NSAA Assistant Director Taryn Retzlaff, “Speech brings people together and helps students find their voice. With speech as the foundation, the State Speech Spotlight: Open Division will provide students with a climate of acceptance and inclusion.”

To learn more about the eligibility requirements, click here.

To view the State Speech Spotlight: Open Division application, click here.


About the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA)

The NSAA, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, is the statewide leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1910, the NSAA has provided leadership and support for education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NSAA enforces rules and regulations promulgated by the member schools, providing for a level competitive playing field in sports and activities. NSAA organizes and administers regular and postseason activities in 29 different sports and activities. Game officials and activities judges are registered by the NSAA and assigned by NSAA for postseason competition. For more information about the NSAA, visit the NSAA website at