Ladue Horton Watkins High School students Benjamin Collinger (12), Miriam Hauptman (12), Simi Falako (11), Tushar Raj (12), and Rasika Sant (11) have been named National Speech and Debate Association Academic All Americans in recognition of speech and debate excellence and academic success.
Member students may be nominated for this prestigious award by meeting several criteria—including maintaining a GPA of 3.7/4.0 or higher in addition to earning an ACT score of 27 or higher and/or a combined SAT score of 2,000 or higher.
Academic All Americans must hold a National Speech & Debate Association degree of Superior Distinction or higher within the Honor Society, reflecting the attainment of 750 or more degree points earned through speaking competition or service activities. Finally, they must demonstrate outstanding character and leadership.
The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 130,000 students and coaches every year. For nearly 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society.