The Pennsbury High School Speech & Debate team earned significant recognition from the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) this fall based upon the students’ overall performance during the last school year. According to the NSDA, students earn points and degrees in the honor society based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points. These degrees contribute to a school’s strength points. “Because your chapter achieved 100 or more strength points last year, it has earned membership in the Association’s prestigious 100 Club,” said J. Scott Wunn, NSDA Executive Director. “This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills – including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization.”
“This is testament not only to the hard work of our students, but quite frankly, retired Pennsbury educator, Steve Medoff, who has done whatever it took to keep Pennsbury’s Speech & Debate program alive and relevant,” said Christopher Berdnik, Pennsbury CFO, who has joined the group as a co-leader since his arrival in Pennsbury this fall. Mr. Berdnik has a great deal of experience with Speech & Debate teams in other school districts. Congratulations to all and best wishes for the 2019–2020 school year!