Blaine High School and its speech and debate program have received a national honor. The school was ranked No. 85 on the National Forensic League’s list of Top 100 schools in the nation for the 2012-13 school year.
“Any award like this gives the school something to hang its hat on and helps to develop even greater participation,” BHS Principal John Phelps said. “Anytime a school is recognized nationally for doing the right things it is a tremendous honor.”
The National Forensic League is an honor society for middle and high school speech and debate. It looked at more than 3,000 high schools when compiling its rankings.
Phelps said the recognition is important not only for the school as a whole, but also for the staff.
“It lets a school know you are on the right path towards excellence, supporting and reassuring staff that their long hours, hard work and professional growth are paying dividends,” he said. “Also, none of this would be possible without our head speech and debate coach, Ross Eichele and his team.”
Meanwhile, the National Forensic League thinks highly not only of Blaine, but of its students.
“These students and coaches have demonstrated outstanding participation and achievement in speech and debate activities,” National Forensic League Executive Director J. Scott Wunn said. “We are pleased to honor them for their hard work and dedication, and wish them continued success in the coming season.”
Since 1925, more than 1.4 million students have participated in the National Forensic League, with more than 120,000 active members across the nation, including 100 at BHS this year.
In addition, BHS will be hosting next year’s state speech competition, which will be held April 11 and 12 at the school.
For more information about the National Forensic League, visit www.nationalforensicleague.org.