WHS's Speech and Debate Coach Earns Second Diamond Degree of Membership in Honor Society

The Wooster High School (WHS) speech and debate coach, Bill Franck, has earned a second Diamond degree of membership in the National Speech & Debate Association’s (NSDA) Honor Society. This is Franck’s eighth year of coaching the speech and debate team at WHS.


“Students on the speech and debate team are gaining one of the most important life skills they will need and, at the same time, learning to be leaders,” Franck said. “The growth I see in these teenagers is truly rewarding. No matter what event, what age or what gender, this activity inherently fosters leadership and learning in my students. It is truly humbling to receive my second diamond this year.”


The NSDA recognizes coaches who reach certain milestones of achievement with ‘diamond accolades,’ based upon the number of points his or her team earns. For every 10 points the team earns, the coach will earn one.


To earn the first diamond, a coach must earn 1,500 points and have coached for at least five years. The second diamond comes after 3,000 points and at least five years after the first diamond. Franck received his first diamond five years ago.


The NSDA also recently named Wooster High School’s speech and debate team in the top four percent of all teams in the nation for the 2015-2016 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 fourth year in a row.


“We are so very fortunite to have our Speech and Debate team led by Mr. Franck and his fabulous supporting cast of assistant coaches,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “He is a wonderful resource for our students and I know that many have been inspired by his coaching and forensic background.  Mr. Franck represents Wooster incredibly well and we congratulations him for this distinction.”


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.


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