Speech and Debate Team Earns National Recognition for Sixth Consecutive Year

The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA), the honor society for middle and high school speech and debate teams, recently named Wooster High School’s Speech and Debate team in the top four percent of all teams in the nation for the 2017-18 school year.

Because the team ranked among the top four percent of schools nationwide, it has earned membership in the association’s prestigious Societé de 300 for the sixth year in a row.

“This honor means a great deal to our coaches as well as the team,” said Holly Custer, Wooster High School’s speech and debate coach. “We are looking forward to beginning our competitive season this weekend, and we are excited to see how the 53 students on our team will perform.” 

Members of NSDA 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. Students can earn points every time they compete or perform a public service in the area of speaking, coaching or judging. 

In the 2012-13 academic year, Wooster’s team held over 300 points for the first time in the program’s history, and the successive teams have maintained this level of excellence ever since. 

The National Speech and Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school and collegiate students in the United States.

For more information on the association, please visit www.speechanddebate.org.