Consider judging speeches or interviews for our State Competition or USAD's National Competition!! More information here.

Congratulations to our 2021 State Qualifiers!

CR Prairie

Waterloo East

CR Kennedy

DSM Lincoln


DSM North




Mason City


CR Jefferson


Spirit Lake


Mt Vernon




South Hardin



South Central Calhoun

Changes for the 2020-2021 Competition Year

State Competition will be online March 5 & 6, 2021.

GPA Range change for the 2020–2021 Competition Year

After careful consideration and evaluation of survey feedback from state directors and coaches, USAD has decided to revise the GPA ranges for the Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity categories for next year. The following revised GPA ranges will take effect for the 2020–2021 competition year:

Honor: 3.80 – 4.00 Scholastic: 3.20 – 3.799 Varsity: 3.199 and below

GPA Calculation change due to school closures in spring of 2020

Beginning in March 2020, many schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and shifted to some form of remote or online instruction. Accordingly, they adapted their grading procedures to measure student progress during the closures. Grades received for coursework undertaken during school closures must be omitted from a student’s GPA calculation.

State Team Selection change beginning 2020-2021 competition year

The highest scoring 24 schools from the four regionals will be invited to the 2021 IAD State Competition. They will then be divided in half to determine the 12 large and 12 small schools according to school size. Large schools will be the 12 qualifying schools with the largest populations. Small schools will be the 12 qualifying schools with the twelve smallest populations.

Qualifications for USAD National Competitions will continue to be dependent on USAD Guidelines and Requirements.

Our 2020 Waterloo Legionaires

We support YOU!

Special thanks to the American Legion of Iowa for supporting our Iowa students both financially and through local legionnaires honoring our students by presenting our state awards.

2021 USAD Nationals


will be ONLINE

April 28 - May 1, 2021

Interviews - Wednesday, April 28 from 3-7 pm

Speeches - Thursday, April 29 from 3-7 pm

Objective testing -

Friday, April 29, 2021

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