Perrysburg's Debra Kemp receives coach's award for speech, debate PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 March 2013 09:07
Coach Debra Kemp is pictured with 2012 Perrysburg graduate Najeeb Ahmed, who ranked fifth in Ohio and 35 in the nation in International Extemporaneous Speaking.
The National Forensic League Honor Society has announced that Debra Kemp, head coach of Perrysburg High School Speech and Debate Team, has been awarded the designation of a First Diamond Coach.
The award recognizes excellence and longevity in forensic coaching and will be awarded at the National Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., on June 20.
Kemp has been involved with the Perrysburg High School Speech and Debate team since 2002 and has served as head coach since 2006.
Her students have earned over 17,000 speaking points over the past seven seasons.
She has coached 62 state qualifiers, five state finalists including state champion in Oral Interpretation Doug Walton and Student Congress first runner-up Nate Luce in 2008, and 11 national qualifiers.
In 2009, the Perrysburg team was recognized as one of the top 10 percent programs of the 3,000 active memberships in the United States by the National Forensic League.
Kemp has been a Perrysburg School District employee since 1992 and has worked in several capacities, including director of community education and long-term substitute teacher.
While coaching the speech and debate team, Kemp was inspired to return to Bowling Green State University and in May 2012 achieved a life-long dream of obtaining a licensure in Language Arts.
The National Forensic League is the honor society for middle and high school speech and debate.
As a non-profit organization, the league recognizes participation and progress in public speaking and debating activities as a means to meet the Common Core Standards of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The league empowers students to become effective communicators, ethical individuals, critical thinkers and leaders.

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