Carver High for Engineering, Applied Technology and the Arts recently received the prestigious charter member status in the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). This is the highest school membership honor you can achieve in the association.
The honor is based on the students’ participation in, and performance at numerous debates and related activities. Students and coaches earn points in the Honor Society through speech and debate competition, community service, public speaking and leadership activities. The more points earned, the higher degrees of recognition received.
Anthony Cobb coaches the team expects to have 25 students taking part during the 2018-2019 season.
“Charter membership reflects sustained commitment to excellence,” said Cobb. “I am extremely proud of my students for their hard work and passion for speech and debate.”
Debate is more than arguing your view. Participants must put together reasoned, well-supported arguments, and they all must represent both sides of an issue.
What students learn is applicable to real life in terms of seeking employment, academics, building personal and professional relationships. Many famous people are former debaters, including Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Montemayor, Stephen Colbert, Idina Menzel, former President Jimmy Carter and BD Wong.
Cobb isn’t the only one excited about the recognition. Narius Nedd, a senior and third-year team member, is proud of the honor.
“We started from nothing,” said Narius. “No one knew us on the tournament circuit. Kids at Carver didn’t even know we had a speech and debate team.
“I am proud that we started from scratch and are creating what we hope is a legacy at Carver.”
Rostrum recently featured the Carver team in the November issue. Rostrum is the official magazine of the National Speech and Debate Association. Each school year, the magazine provides the speech and debate community with news, scholarly articles and national updates.
Every school within the NSDA is designated a provisional chapter, member chapter, or charter chapter. Each status determines voting privileges, a district’s strength of chapters, and the number of qualifiers to the annual National Speech & Debate Tournament.
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