Graduation Honor Cords Letter to Principals

Dear
 Principal,

I
 am 
writing 
to 
encourage 
your 
support
 of 
National
 Speech 
& 
Debate 
Association 
student 
honor
 cords 
for
 your 
high
 school
 graduation
 ceremony.
 As
 an 
organization 
sanctioned 
by 
the 
National
 Association 
of 
Secondary 
School
 Principals 
(NASSP), 
our 
honorary 
society 
and 
programs 
have 
a
 documented 
history 
of 
respect
 and 
excellence
 in
 education. 
As 
this 
distinction 
indicates, 
we 
are
 committed 
to 
the 
highest 
pedagogical 
and 
ethical 
standards.

We 
are
 also 
the 
standards‐bearing 
organization 
for 
the 
discipline 
of 
speech 
communication
 education
 at 
the 
secondary
 level,
 which 
underscores 
the 
academic 
nature
 of 
our 
activity.
 Practitioners 
have 
compared 
students’ 
year long 
participation 
in
 speech 
and
 debate
 to
 the
 completion
 of 
a 
graduate‐level
 thesis.
 Not
 surprisingly,
 studies
 indicate 
that
 speech 
and
 debate
 students
 tend 
to
 attain
 higher 
grades
and 
achieve
 more
 advanced
 degrees 
than 
their 
peers.

Finally,
 honor 
cords 
affirm
 students 
for 
their 
outstanding
 dedication
 to 
speech 
and 
debate
 education. 
Attaining 
membership 
in 
the 
National 
Speech 
& 
Debate
 Association 
requires 
sustained
 excellence 
in 
practice, 
competition, 
and
 service.
 Acknowledging
 the prodigious 
efforts
 of
 your
 students 
serves 
as 
a 
well‐deserved 
recognition 
of 
their 
accomplishments.
 For 
all 
of 
these 
reasons,
 I strongly
 encourage
 you 
to 
allow 
your 
school’s
 Association 
members 
to wear
 their
 hard‐earned 
honor
 cords 
at
 graduation. 
If
 you 
have 
any other
 concerns
about 
this
 position, 
please 
feel 
free 
to 
contact 
my 
office.

Sincerely,

J.
 Scott
 Wunn
Executive 
Director
director@speechanddebate.org

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