Clovis North High speech and debate coach honored by national group

4417587_1430518319.7712The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce the most recent winners of the Diamond Coach Award, including English teacher Chad Hayden from Clovis North High School.

Thirty-four speech and debate coaches have earned this prestigious award in the National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society. Because of these coaches, thousands of students have access to the life changing benefits of speech and debate.

The National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society has been recognizing student and coach achievements in speech and debate since 1925. The prestigious diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate. Congratulations to the following outstanding coaches:

Sixth Diamond

Kenny Barfield, Mars Hill Bible School – Florence, Alabama

Fifth Diamond

James W. Rye, The Montgomery Academy – Montgomery, Alabama

Fourth Diamond

Aaron P. Smith, West Lafayette High School – West Lafayette, Indiana

Third Diamond

Chad Hayden, Clovis North High School – Fresno, California

Sherry Stroh, Eisenhower High School – Goddard, Kansas

Candace Jane Cain, Burwell Jr-Sr High School – Burwell, Nebraska

Lee Ellen Beach, Rossview High School – Clarksville, Tennessee

Deanne Sue Christensen, Oak Ridge High School – Conroe, Texas

Second Diamond

Carol Halbur, Punahou School – Honolulu, Hawaii

Janine Stroemer, Homewood-Flossmoor High School – Flossmoor, Illinois

Fred Douse, Ben David High School – Indianapolis, Indiana

Debbie Smith, Branson High School – Branson, Missouri

Nicole Jenkins, Providence High School – Charlotte, North Carolina

Clover Ellingson, Fargo North Dakota – Fargo, North Dakota

John P. Gonzales, Cleveland High School – Portland, Oregon

Lisa D. Dorthy, Deer Park High School – Deer Park, Texas

Sami Womack, Dimmitt High School – Dimmitt, Texas

First Diamond

Julia M. Howell, Bentonville West High School – Centerton, Arkansas

Charlie Betancourt, Gabrielino High School – San Gabriel, California

Joshua Seematter, Northridge High School – Greeley, Colorado

Larissa Carter, Buhler High School – Buhler, Kansas

John Michael Hardin, Blue Valley Southwest High School – Overland Park, Kansas

Carol Halbur, Punahou School – Honolulu, Hawaii

Brian Karsten, Grand Rapids Christian High School – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Stephanie Ann Eckel, Browerville High School – Browerville, Minnesota

Alex Carlson, East Ridge High School – Woodbury, Minnesota

Natalie Sintek, Lakeville North High School – Lakeville, Minnesota

Kevin L. King, Marshfield High School – Marshfield, Missouri

Kim Boyer, North Platte St Patrick’s – North Platte, Nebraska

Linda Ann Outhier, Enid High School – Enid, Oklahoma

Linda B. Soudek, Hennessey High School – Hennessey, Oklahoma

Michael Quinn, West Allegheny High School – Imperial, Pennsylvania

Allen M. Matthews, L.D. Bell High School – Hurst, Texas

Howard R. Ritz, Legacy High School – Mansfield, Texas

Coaches earn distinction in the national honorary through team participation, student achievement, public service, and leadership work. To earn a diamond award, a coach must be a member of the National Speech & Debate Association for at least five years. Coaches earn additional diamond levels the more points they receive in the Honor Society. A coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; they receive a second diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each diamond award.

These coaches will be recognized at the world’s largest academic competition, the National Speech & Debate Tournament, in Birmingham Alabama this June. More than 7,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation attend the National Tournament every year.

About the National Speech & Debate Association

The National Speech & 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 150,000 students and coaches every year.

For 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. For more information, visit


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