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  • Degrees of Distinction and Excellence


        Alec Goldberg- Outstanding Distinction- Ranked 3rd in the Nation in Original Oratory and 33rd in Dramatic Interpretation 
       Michael Duell- Superior Distinction
    Max Shevlin- Superior Distinction
    Charles Starr- Superior Distinction- Ranked 33rd in the Nation in Public Forum Debate
    Jonathan Wolloch- Superior Distinction- Ranked 33rd in the Nation in Public Forum Debate 
    Belen Mella- Special Distinction
    Morgan Rynor- Special Distinction
    Alexandra Lampner- Distinction
    Michael Theonnes- Distinction
    Matthew Kauffman- Excellence
    Zachary Miller- Excellence
    Athena Olsen- Excellence
    Michelle Williams- Excellence 

    Russell Rywell- Two Diamonds- 5,139.35 points



    The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA), is a non-partisan, not for profit educational honor society established to encourage and motivate high school students to participate in and become proficient in the forensic arts: debate, public speaking, and interpretation. NFL is the nation’s oldest and largest high school speech and debate honor society. Since 1925 NFL has enrolled over 1.3 million students in fulfillment of its motto, “training youth for leadership.”

    The organization serves as the central agent for coordination and facilitation of heightened public awareness of the value of speech communication skills, development of educational initiatives for student and teacher training, excellence in interscholastic competition, and the promotion of honor society ideals.

    The word "Forensics" is an adjective meaning "of public debate or argument." The word is derived from the Latin "forensis", meaning "of the forum."

    All NFL members are to adhere to the NFL Oath as written below.

    NSDA Oath

    As a member of the National Forensic League, I pledge to uphold the highest standards of integrity, humility, respect, leadership and service in the pursuit of excellence.

    Integrity: An NFL member obeys the highest ethical standards and adheres to the rules of the League. NFL members recognize that integrity is central to earning the trust, respect, and support of one's peers. Integrity encompasses the highest regard for honesty, civility, justice, and fairness.

    Humility: An NFL member does not regard him or herself more highly than others. Regardless of a person's level of success, he or she always looks beyond oneself to appreciate the inherent value of others.

    Respect: An NFL member respects individual differences and fosters diversity. He or she promotes tolerance, inclusion, and empowerment for people from a variety of backgrounds.

    Leadership: An NFL member influences others to take positive action toward productive change. NFL members commit to thoughtful and responsible leadership which promotes the other core values in the NFL Code of Honor.

    Service: An NFL member exercises the talents he or she has been given to provide service to his or her peers, community, and the League. At all times an NFL member is prepared to work constructively to improve the lives of others.


Last Modified on August 29, 2014