Theme for 2020-2021: The Cold War

GPA Ranges 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

IAD State change in determining large and small school divisions at IAD State Competition:
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 twelve largest populations.
Small schools will be the 12 qualifying schools with the twelve smallest populations.

Qualifications for USAD National Competitions will continue to be based on USAD requirements.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 24 Iowa teams that participated in the 2020 State Competition held at Waterloo East High School on March 6 & 7!

We support American Veterans!
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.

Our 2020 Waterloo Legionnaires

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Des Moines will be hosting the 
April 29 - May 1, 2021.
Speeches and interviews - 
Thursday, April 28, 2021
Objective testing - 
Friday, April 29, 2021  
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