Recently, the Blaine High School Speech and Debate Program was named as one of the best in the United States. They were awarded membership to the National Forensic League's Societe de 300. This honor is reserved for only the top 1% of the high schools throughout the United States.
The debate coach, Ross Eichele is very excited about the award. However, he says the goal is to help every student do better each day. They strive to have fun and continue learning.
Eichele stated that he has worked very hard to provide students with an environment they can improve within. He says the work they have all put in is paying off, but they really don't talk much about winning awards. They consider awards extra and focus more on consistent improvement.
In order to become a part of the Forensic League's Societe de 300, the students have to continue to earn degrees and points every single time they compete. More points are earned as the student performs better. Both degrees and points help to symbolize the seals of their certificate. With more than 300 degrees, Blaine High school ranks as one of the top programs in the country.
The Forensic League stated that this is a huge honor for Blaine High School. They stated that it demonstrates the commitment to excellence of the teachers and the students.
This recognition was given to the team right after they received a top 100 ranking in the country for 2012-2013. Both honors show the commitment to the students and to success.
The speech and debate program helps students improve their life skills in research, writing, listening, communication and organization. With an outstanding commitment to teaching students these important skills, it's clear that the Blaine High School Speech and Debate Program is very deserving of these awards.