From more than 150-thousand student members of the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA), we are proud to recognize the top finalists in the world’s largest academic competition

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Local Student Finalist in National Competition 

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 12, 2017) – From more than 150-thousand student members of the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA), we are proud to recognize the top finalists in the world’s largest academic competition. The National Speech & Debate Tournament was held in Birmingham, Alabama June 18-23, 2017 with more than 4,000 qualifying competitors. The top placing students not only took home a National Championship title and awards, but more than $200,000 in scholarship money.

“It is quite an accomplishment to qualify to the National Speech and Debate Tournament,”said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association.  “Only 3% of high school speech and debate competitors qualify, and less than 1% of speech and debate students can call themselves a national champion. These students are extraordinarily talented and we look forward to the great things they will do with their talents in the future.”

We’re proud to recognize the top six National Speech and Debate tournament finalists in Congressional Debate – Senate:

6th place

Alex Wakefield

Desert Vista High School ― Phoenix, AZ

Coached by Brittany Stanchik, Victor Silva, Kevin Berlat, Brenden Porter, and Joel Wakefield

5th place

Jack Stafford

Cary Academy ―Cary, NC

Coached by Alexandra Sencer

4th place

Jeremiah Menslage

Spring Woods High School ― Houston, TX

Coached by Victoria Beard and Harry Yu

3rd place and Top Presiding Officer

Jack Fitzgerald

Pine View High School ― Osprey, FL

Coached by Shari Dodd

2nd Place and Student Leadership Bowl Winner

Aditya Dhar

The Harker School ― San Jose, CA

Coached by Marjorie Hazeltine

NATIONAL CHAMPION

(Receives $1,000 scholarship Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership)

Gregory Seabrooks

Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches  ― West Palm Beach, FL

Coached by David Childree

About the annual National Speech & Debate Tournament

The NSDA has hosted the National Tournament in cities across the country since 1931. The 2018 National Tournament event will be held in Fort Lauderdale, FL with the 2019 event to be held in Dallas, TX.  For more information, visit www.speechanddebate.org/nationals.

About the National Speech & Debate Association

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 150,000 students and coaches every year. For 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. For more information, visit www.speechanddebate.org.

 

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