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New Castle speech team season opener is Nov. 17

The New Castle High School Speech and Debate Team has earned significant recognition from the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). Students earn points and degrees in the National Forensic League, the NSDA’s honor society.

Last school year, the New Castle chapter of the NSDA earned over 100 degrees of advancement through student successes and ranks “among the top 20 percent of schools nationwide” and has “earned membership in the Association’s prestigious 100 Club,” according to a letter from NSDA Executive Director J. Scott Wunn.

The letter went on to call this achievement a “milestone” as it “demonstrates a commitment to teaching students essential life skills – including communication, research, listening, writing and organization.”

Last year’s team was coached by Susan M. Delay, head coach since the 1995-96 season, and Jeff Myers, assistant coach of four years. Delay earned her third diamond key award for attaining over 6,000 points which is equal to over 60,000 student points in her career. She received the award the National Speech and Debate National Tournament held in June in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Current NCHS senior Katelyn Goodpaster competed at the National Tournament in June in Big Questions debate and impromptu and returns to the team this year as the New Castle team’s president.

The speech team opens this season with their annual home meet Nov. 17.

Anyone (businesses or service organizations or individuals) interested in sponsoring the team may contact Susan Delay at NCHS at sdelay@ncweb.me.

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