May 26, 2024

GCHS Speech and Debate Coach Russ Tidwell to be inducted into West Kansas NSDA Hall of Fame

Garden City, KS( West Kansas Chapter of the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) is proud to announce the induction of Russ Tidwell, of Garden City High School, into the West Kansas NSDA Hall of Fame. This is the highest recognition a speech and debate advisor can achieve in the West Kansas District Honor Society. Tidwell will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 21st at the final qualifying tournament of the year in Buhler.

“This award, which is based on participation in the district, contributions to the district, service to the district, excellence in coaching and competition displays the tremendous dedication, effort and hard work that Mr. Tidwell has employed throughout his career,” said Ms. Megan Hagaman, West Kansas NSDA District Chair. “Our coaches in the Hall of Fame understand the importance of Speech and Debate activities to our students and schools, and they demonstrate the characteristics of effective leadership in abundance. Russ Tidwell understands the power of these activities to change lives, and has long been one of the greatest coaches in our District, State and in the Nation.”

Executive director of the National Speech and Debate Association J. Scott Wunn notes, “Speech and debate advances communication skills, improves reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking, develops interpersonal skills, and prepares students for college, career and beyond.” These skills are evident in Mr. Tidwell’s leadership and program.