It was recently announced that the Garden City High School received the 2019-2020 National Speech and Debate Association Leading Chapter Award. This is the highest recognition a speech and debate charter school can earn. The school was one of over 100 schools recognized across the nation for this prominent award.
The National Speech and Debate Association is proud to award one chapter from each competition district with this year’s Leading Chapter Awards. Only approximately three percent of schools are recognized as Leading Chapter Award winners.
Each year the top chapter in accumulated members and degrees, not more than one per district, receives the Leading Chapter Award; then its accumulated total returns to zero and it begins a new record. Each school must wait at least five years before being eligible for the award again.
Leading Chapter schools are recognized based on student participation throughout the school year. Schools earning the Leading Chapter Award must have previously achieved Charter School Status in the National Speech & Debate Association. These speech and debate programs serve as an inspiration for new speech and debate teams around the United States.