Diamond in the rough

Stanton awarded Diamond Degree coach from national association.

Dee Harris, Director of Communication

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The National Speech and Debate Association, the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle, high and collegiate students in the United States, awarded Bixby High School’s drama and debate teacher, Betty Fisher-Stanton, as a Diamond Degree coach.

Diamond coach awards reflect excellence in presentations, competition and service. Under Stanton’s leadership, students at Bixby have earned more than 15,000 points in speech and debate. Coaches receive one point for every ten merit points earned by their students. Coaches then earn Association membership and advanced standing at the same milestones as students, until they earn 1,000 points and the Donus D. Roberts Quad Ruby Coach Award.

She will be recognized for her achievement at the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah during the Donus D. Roberts Diamond Assembly on June 16, 2016, and will also be recognized in the next issue of Rostrum magazine, the national magazine of the National Speech and Debate Association.

MORE INFORMATION: The National Speech & Debate Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 150,000 students and coaches every year. For nearly 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. Visit www.speechanddebate.org for more information.

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