Arroyo High School Speech and Debate Team Recognized by NFL

Anne Donofrio-Holter
March 21, 2014 • 401 views

The Arroyo High School speech and debate program has earned two prestigious awards from the National Forensic League (NFL).  The NFL is a “not-for-profit honor society created to recognize high school students in speech and debate.”
Under the direction of advisor Terry Colvin, Arroyo’s NFL chapter earned the 2012-13 Leading Chapter Award in the East Los Angeles District.  A single school in each district is awarded this honor annually with only 109 given out yearly among the NFL’s 3,000 schools.
The NFL also awarded the Arroyo chapter membership in its Societe de 400 which is made up of NFL schools which awarded at least 400 memberships and degrees in 2012-13.  Arroyo’s 406 degrees last year made them the 49th largest chapter in the nation and the 10th largest in California.  Memberships and degrees are based on points students earn when they compete in speech and debate tournaments.
“Our students over the last eight years deserve credit for these outstanding achievements,” said Colvin.  “This year, we have 83 students competing in speech and debate, a program which truly reflects the goals of Common Core.”
“These students and coaches have demonstrated outstanding participation and achievement in speech and debate activities,” said NFL Executive Director J. Scott Wunn.  “We are pleased to honor them for their hard work and dedication.”
“We are very proud of our speech and debate students and for the dedication of Mr. Colvin to the program,” said Arroyo High School Principal Angie Gonzales.  “Congratulations to all.”
The NFL is the oldest and largest interscholastic forensic organization and “promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student’s essential life skills and values.”  Its vision is that “every child in the United States will be empowered to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker and leader in a democratic society.”  Since 1925, more than 1.4 million students have participated in the NFL.

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