Student members of the National Speech & Debate Association compete throughout the school year, but tournament wins and honor society points are just part of the recognition received from our organization!
Each year, the top student point earners in the country are named All Americans. The All American award is based on a combination of competitive and service points, of which no more than 25% of the point total can include service. In order to qualify, a student must have competed once at Nationals. Following the National Speech & Debate Tournament, the 25 students with the highest total points in our Honor Society receive this recognition. No application is required to receive this award.
Congratulations to Jacob Thompson from Des Moines Roosevelt High School in Iowa for being named the top point earner in 2016-2017!
Academic All Americans
The Academic All American award recognizes high school students who have earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points); completed at least 5 semesters of high school; demonstrated outstanding character and leadership; and earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). NOTE: If the GPA is between 3.5 and 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), students also must have received an ACT score of 27 or higher, or a New SAT score of 1300 or higher.
District Student of the Year
The District Student of the Year award is presented to a graduating senior in each district who best represents the tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor: integrity, respect, humility, leadership, and service. Nominees must also demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to the speech and debate community. Each year, six students who win the district award are selected as finalists for the William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year award.
Arizona • Jaywon Kim • Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
Arkansas • Juliette Jung • Little Rock Central HS
Big Valley (CA) • Pedro Ribeiro • Delta Charter HS
California Coast • Lilly Hackworth • Notre Dame HS
Capitol Valley (CA) • Peter Zhu • Davis Senior HS
East Los Angeles (CA) • Eddie Diaz • Alhambra HS
Southern California • Aaron Ing • Los Osos HS
West Los Angeles (CA) • Manpreet Parmar • Granada Hills Charter HS
Colorado • Alec Greven • Castle View HS
Colorado Grande (CO) • Kam Lee • Widefield HS
Rocky Mountain-North (CO) • Aidan Dykstal • Fort Collins HS
Rocky Mountain-South (CO) • Kathryn Swan • George Washington HS
Florida Manatee (FL) • Brian Levy • Cypress Bay HS
Florida Oceanfront • Caramen McDaniel • Wellington HS
Greater Illinois (IL) • Jordan Killion • Pekin Comm HS
Illini (IL) • Lydia Walsh-Rock • Downers Grove South HS
Northern Illinois (IL) • Jonah Jacobs • Glenbrook North HS
Hoosier Heartland (IN) • Lauren David • Fishers HS
East Iowa • Afnan Elsheikh • John F. Kennedy HS
East Kansas • Michael Franklin • Sumner Academy
South Kansas • Nathan Wells • Caney Valley HS
Sunflower (KS) • Gabe Esquivel • Kapaun Mount Carmel HS
Three Trails (KS) • Alexa Kathol • Blue Valley Southwest HS
West Kansas • Tyler Ross • Salina South HS
Kentucky • Corey Newsome • Rowan County Sr. HS
Louisiana • David Ramachandran • Ruston HS
Maine • Sydney McDonald • Bangor HS
Chesapeake (MD) • Quinn Crawford • Marriotts Ridge HS
Northern Lights (MN) • Luke Norquist • Brainerd HS
Southern Minnesota • Olivia Shoemaker • Lakeville North HS
Central Minnesota (MN) • Kevin Bi • East Ridge HS
Magnolia (MS) • Derek Collins • Hattiesburg HS
Carver-Truman (MO) • Ian Cooley • Neosho HS
Eastern Missouri • Aramis Rickey • Ladue Horton Watkins HS
Heart of America (MO) • Natalie Schaller • Liberty Sr. HS
Ozark (MO) • Connor Rothschild • Kickapoo HS
Show Me (MO) • Romeo Bagunu • Raytown HS
Montana • Jacob Linfesty • Billings West HS
Nebraska • Brent Hausmann • Norfolk HS
Golden Desert (NV) • Lance Ledet • Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Sagebrush (NV) • Heather Foster • Reno HS
New England (MA & NH) • Kory Turner • Sacred Heart HS
New Jersey • Matthew Colon • Summit HS
New Mexico • Erick Beltran • Rio Grande HS
Iroquois (NY) • Joshua Beckles • McQuaid Jesuit HS
New York State • Zach Kapner • Scarsdale HS
Carolina West (NC) • Chloe Dennison • Asheville HS
Tarheel East (NC) • Rafael Montes • Cumberland Polytechnic HS
North Dakota Roughrider • Arcilla Davis • Richardton-Taylor HS
North Coast (OH) • Ananya Kalahasti • Hathaway Brown School
Northern Ohio • Carson Markley • Canfield HS
East Oklahoma • Layla Mortadha • Tulsa Washington HS
West Oklahoma • Cheyenne Martin • Bishop McGuinness HS
Pennsylvania • Hunter Stecko • Norwin HS
Pittsburgh (PA) • Kolten Hilterman • Knoch Senior HS
Valley Forge (PA) • David DeMarco • Unionville HS
South Carolina • Devin Remley • Riverside HS
Northern South Dakota • Raina Grimsley • Mitchell HS
Rushmore (SD) • Alexander King • O’Gorman HS
Tennessee • Preston Johnston • Ravenwood HS
Central Texas • Juan Nunez • Ronald Reagan HS
East Texas • Daniel Lehmann • Cypress Creek HS
Heart of Texas • Spencer Buckner • Lake Travis HS
LBJ (TX) • Rasin Faruk • Richardson HS
Lone Star (TX) • Chetan Reddy • Plano West Sr. High
Space City (TX) • Rem Aitbouchireb • Kerr HS
Tall Cotton (TX) • Nicholas Aranda • Holy Cross Catholic Academy
UIL (TX) • Steele Musgrove • North Lamar HS
West Texas • Ricardo Flores • Americas HS
Yellow Rose (TX) • Hannah Bryant • THEO Christian
Great Salt Lake (UT) • Gavin Serr • Grantsville HS
Sundance (UT) • McKadee Eyre • Beaver HS
Utah-Wasatch (UT) • Mallory Blue • Davis HS
Western Washington • Zackery Gostisha • Federal Way HS
William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year
This annual award recognizes one individual out of more than 141,000 student members who best embodies the organization’s Code of Honor: integrity, humility, respect, leadership, and service. Nominees must also demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to the speech and debate community. Six finalists will interview with an esteemed panel of educators during the National Speech & Debate Tournament. The National Student of the Year is announced during the National Awards Assembly at the National Tournament.
Congratulations to the 2018 William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year, Elena Cecil, from Larue County High School in Kentucky!
(pictured above, left to right)
Gina Sanchez from East Mountain High School, NM (New Mexico District)
Darby Toth from Fort Scott High School, KS (South Kansas District)
Elena Cecil from Larue County High School, KY (Kentucky District)
Alfredo Antu from Central High School – San Angelo, TX (Tall Cotton District)
Jillian Jetmore from The Pembroke High School, MO (Show Me District)
Jamie Marrara from Oologah High School, OK (East Oklahoma District)
National Exemplary Student Service Award
Introduced in 2017, the National Exemplary Student Service Award is given annually to a student who serves their school, community, city, region, or state using skills they honed through speech and debate. Coaches or administrators may nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service, one of the core tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor, for recognition. As opposed to the William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year Award, current member students of any age are eligible for nomination.
Congratulations to the 2018 recipient, Brandon Schloss, from Wellington High School in Florida!
Graduation Honor Cords
The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to offer honor cords for its members to wear during high school graduation ceremonies. Honor cords recognize member accomplishments and affirm their commitment to speech and debate education.
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