The National Speech and Debate Association recognized Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown for attending its 50th National Speech and Debate Tournament.
''Qualifying to the National Speech and Debate Tournament is one of the biggest accomplishments within the organization,'' said J. Scott Wunn, executive director of the National Speech and Debate Association. ''This award recognizes Cardinal Mooney High School for their longstanding dedication and success to speech and debate activities.''
Every year, the top students from 110 districts across the United States compete at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. Cardinal Mooney High School first competed at the national tournament in 1963.
This year, seven high school students on the team competed in event ranging from United States extemporaneous speaking, duo interpretation, congressional debate, and more. Over the past 50 years, the school has qualified 219 students.
''It is an honor to be part of the Mooney tradition,'' said coach Jen Gonda. ''So many coaches and competitors have worked to get the program this far.''
The Cardinal Mooney speech and debate team was honored during the Donus D. Roberts Diamond assembly at the national tournament in Overland Park, Kan., on June 19.
The National Speech and Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school and collegiate students in the United States.
The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 130,000 students and coaches every year.
For nearly 90 years, the National Speech and Debate Association has empowered more than 1.4 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals and honorable leaders in society. For more information, visit www.speechanddebate.org.