The Norman Transcript

Local news

June 29, 2013

NHS named one of the the Top 40 Debate High Schools in America

NORMAN — Norman High School has been named one of the Top 40 Debate High Schools in America by the National Forensic League. Established in 1925, the NFL is the national regulator of secondary speech and debate competitors and competitions.

NHS and Bartlesville were the only high schools in Oklahoma to receive this honor for 2013, and NHS placed higher in the competition than Bartlesville.

The distinction for NHS, which is Debate School of Honor, follows two of NHS’ debate team members returning to Norman after both placing in the top 25 in the NFL’s National Tournament last week in Birmingham, Ala.

The national tournament is the largest academic competition in the world. To attend, students must place among the top competitors at one of 109 district tournaments across the country.

NHS Speech and Debate coach Kasey Harrison said junior Nathan Thompson finished 24th in the nation and sophomore Nicky Halterman finished 15th in the nation in the category of Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

“Norman High was the only high school in the country to have two of its students finish in the top 25,” Harrison said. “I couldn’t be prouder of my national competitors, as well as the entire NHS debate team for helping our qualifiers research, prepare and practice to be at their best at nationals.”

Principal Scott Beck praised the team and Harrison for his hard work and passion, as well as Amanda Mimms, his co-coach.

“This is huge news and a huge honor for our high school,” Beck said. “Congratulations to Kasey, Amanda, Nathan and Nicky and our amazing Tigers. Fight on.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Symposium speaker Paul Polik: Commerce can help and bring millions out of poverty

    How to harness the power of commerce to address social and environmental challenges in sustainable ways was the topic of discussion at the University of Oklahoma Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth’s fourth annual Social ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Amber waves turn gray as farms lose younger generation

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Jerry Pfeiffer was thrilled when his son, Kelsey, 25, announced plans to return to the family’s farm in Orlando....

    April 18, 2014

  • Postal retiree luncheon set

    A postal retiree luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, 123 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Diners will meet in the lobby. For more information, call Joyce Carle at 872-5157....

    April 18, 2014

  • Flapjack fundraiser set

    The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, will partner with the Global Outreach Team at Go Church to host a Flapjack Fundraiser on April 26. Proceeds raised will be used by team members to purchase ...

    April 18, 2014

  • OU Hornsemble goes to the movies

    The OU Hornsemble will present a concert of music from the cinema at 6 p.m. April 27 in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Billed as “Movie-Time Music,” the ensemble will present a wide variety of cinematic music from the 1940s to the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Woman bound over for trial

    A Slaughterville woman facing a manslaughter charge after the death of an 8-year-old child was bound over for trial this week after a preliminary hearing in Cleveland County District Court. Kimberly Dawn Wenthold, 29, was charged in ...

    April 18, 2014

  • MNTC campaign focuses on dangers of texting while driving

    Students enrolled in Moore Norman Technology Center’s Career Exploration Education class are taking a class project that they feel strongly about to an involved level within their community. They are raising awareness among their high ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Fighting to rid world of polio

    A small crutch leaned against a podium inside an Oklahoma Memorial Union room Wednesday evening. It was a prop, retrieved and held aloft by Shawn Arnold as he described his early battle with polio....

    April 18, 2014