The National Speech & Debate Association has recognized the Howland High School Speech and Debate Team for earning a spot in the association’s prestigious 100 Club.
“Although the students were only able to compete virtually last year, they did an incredible job adapting to online competition. In fact, some students were able to compete even more last season than in previous years. Their dedication is the reason for this award. That experience will prove valuable for them moving forward,” explained advisor Mr. Williams.
Throughout the school year, students in the speech and debate program are able to earn points and degrees based on competition, leadership, and service activities. This past school year, the 30 students who made up the Howland High School’s speech and debate team achieved 103 points, which qualified them for the 100 Club. According to the National Speech and Debate Association, the milestone demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills including communication, research, listening, writing and organization.
Having competed virtually all last school year, the students look forward to in-person competition this season. Building upon past successes, the team is anchored by many students including former national and state qualifiers such as Abby Deemer, Reese Tomko, Chelsea Moorhead, and Brenton Lamp. Last season, current junior Jaxon Farmer finished in the top ten in Ohio and the top 50 nationwide.