Friendswood High Principal Mark Griffon is the first recipient of a new “Outstanding Principal of the Year” award given by the National Forensic League, also known as the National Speech and Debate Association.
The world’s oldest and largest speech and debate society for many years has recognized an Outstanding Student of the Year in each district throughout the nation. This is is the first year that it will also recognize a principal, as well.
Friendswood High’s Speech and Debate team this spring competed in the league’s district meet, with one student now set to compete in the National Championship Speech Tournament. Walton-Gray Martin will travel to Dallas on June 12-19 to represent FHS. In addition Madelyn Warren reached the semi-finals in the Domestic Extemporaneous Category.
The National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament continues to be held annually, featuring competition in Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate, Public Forum Debate, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Commentary, Impromptu Speaking, Prose, Poetry, Expository Speaking and Storytelling. Over $153,000 in college scholarships are awarded at each national tournament, making it possible for students to pursue post-secondary education.