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Spud Speech and Debate Earns Highest NSDA Distinction Award

June 29, 2020

More than 6,600 students from 1,322 schools across the country met, albeit virtually, for the largest National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in history. By week's end, the Moorhead Speech and Debate Team earned the Association's highest honor and was named a School of Outstanding Distinction, awarded to the top ten schools in the country for overall speech and debate excellence.

Individually, junior Grace Halvorson led the Spuds. 

In a message fitting for the times -- and the format -- she delivered a final round oratory calling for community and connection in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Her speech was one of thousands of recordings from around the country submitted to the tournament, held virtually due to COVID-19. Halvorson finished in 6th place, becoming the first Spud to reach an Oratory final round. She is the 12th finalist in team history.