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NLHS Speech & Debate Ranks among Top 10% in the Nation

School NewsGreg Higgins

The Speech and Debate program at North Lamar High School recently earned significant recognition by the National Speech & Debate Association. 

In a letter notifying NLHS Speech and Debate sponsor Kristi Hodgkiss of the acknowledgment, the National Speech & Debate Association explained the points and degrees students earn in the honor society are based on competitive and service-related activities.  Points range from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more.

“Because your chapter achieved 100 or more degrees last year, it has ranked among the top 10% of schools nationwide and earned membership in the Association’s prestigious 100 Club,” said National Speech & Debate Association Executive Director J. Scott Wunn.  “This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills – including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization.”

Continuing Wunn said, “The hard work you have invested to achieve this distinction will pay dividends for years to come.  I encourage you to build upon this momentum to ensure that even more students are empowered to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our global society.”

Responding to the letter notifying her of the recognition, Hodgkiss said, “It (the recognition) represents hundreds of hours of hard work and teamwork on the part of North Lamar students.  Accumulating 100 degrees in the National Speech and Debate Association requires a minimum of 3,125 competitive rounds of speech and debate, and that's if the students win every round of debate and get first in every round of speaking events.  So, in reality, it's many more rounds, plus hours of practice before those rounds.  It is my honor to work with such a dedicated group of students who are leaders and role models among their classmates.”

“The National Speech & Debate Association commends your leadership of an active speech and debate program,” said Wunn.  “Keep up the good work, and best wishes for another successful season!”