Texas Speech Communication Association


On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey struck the coast of Texas as a category 4 storm with sustained winds of up to 130 mph. The wind and flooding ravaged coastal communities from Corpus Christi up through Louisiana and poured massive amounts of rain in areas far inland. In Houston, where we were scheduled to hold the 2017 TSCA convention, the flooding was extensive throughout the city. Among those buildings that were flooded was the Omni Houston Hotel-Westside. While we held out hope that the damage could be repaired in time for the convention, we were not so fortunate. The hotel contacted TSCA after their adjusters inspected the property to inform us that they would be closed until September 30th and possibly longer. They released us from our convention contract and helped us to find another location that could quickly assume the obligations of serving as a site for our annual conference.

The Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, our location from the 2016 conference, quickly stepped up to help. Please note that with such a quick venue change, there will need to be some flexibility. Vice President Wade Hescht and Comptroller Mike Jones have been working with the hotel to arrange all available space and to revise the convention program. There are other organizations also holding functions in the hotel that weekend and we will be working around them.

Hurricane Harvey Efforts

Many of our members have been deeply impacted by the recent Hurricane Harvey. TSCA is launching several efforts to assist where we are able. We'll update this page with details as our efforts continue.


TSCA is launching Adopt-A-Team to help our members affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to participate please email Melissa Witt at mewitt@dimmittisd.net. All schools wishing to help and schools who have been in the path please email Melissa Witt. Spread the word! Click here to view the list of teams participating in Adopt-A-Team.

Donors / Organizers

Several organizations and individuals have let us know that they are reaching out to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Click here to view the list.

Other Ways to Help

Here is a list of suggested ways you can help. Find out specific needs or make donations primarily monetary, allowing teams to get what they need and so they don't have to deal with storage/redistribution of a bunch of stuff they don't need.

Attend tournaments hosted by Harvey impacted schools - if they're hosting, they NEED this fundraiser!

Waive entry/judging fees for Harvey impacted schools attending your tournament.

Forgo trophies at your tournament and donate the money you'd normally spend to a Harvey impacted school.

Vendors - provide free or reduced rate merchandise to Harvey impacted schools.

Pay your adopted school's NSDA membership fees this year.

Host/Attend a Big Questions Debate event to raise funds for a school in need.

Join a school for their clean-up day/event if you are nearby.
,br> Skype/Google Hangout practice with teams, especially those who won't be able to travel to tournaments.

Host a tie/suit drive.

Help with technology needs where possible.

Share briefs/digital file-share resources.

Donate books/scripts useful for speech & debate


The deadline for submissions to Volume 43 of TSCJ has been extended to May 31, 2019. See the Journal page for details.
Our 2018 convention has wrapped up and plans are underway for our next convention to be held in October 2019 in Amarillo. The call for panels for the 2019 convention has been posted. See the Convention page for details.
The 2018 convention program has been sent to the printer. Click here to view.
The Fall edition of our newsletter is now available. Click here to view.
2019 Convention

Echo Chamber

Date: October 3-5, 2019
Convention begins on THURSDAY
Location: Amarillo, TX

Click here for more convention information