Congratulations to last year’s Talking Rams, the high school’s speech and debate team, and its sponsor and coach Molly Beck for their recent recognition by the National Speech & Debate Association for their outstanding achievements last year!
In the 2015-2016 school year, the group earned a total of 200 or more degrees, ranking it among the top 8% of schools nationwide and earning membership in the association’s prestigious 200 club.
“This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills—including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” J. Scutt Wunn, executive director of the association said. “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.”
In speech and debate, students earn points and degrees based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.