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Debra Kemp receives national coaching award for speech, debeate

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The National Forensic League Honor Society has announced that Debra Kemp, head coach of Perrysburg High School Speech and Debate Team, has been awarded the designation of a First Diamond Coach.

The award recognizes excellence and longevity in Forensic coaching and will be awarded at the National Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., on June 20.

Mrs. Kemp has been involved with the high school's Speech and Debate team since 2002 and has served as head coach since 2006. Her students have earned more than 17,000 speaking points over the past seven seasons.

She has coached 62 state qualifiers and five state finalists, including State Champion in Oral Interpretation, Doug Walton, and Student Congress First Runner-up, Nate Luce, in 2008. She also has coached 11 national qualifiers.

In 2009, the Perrysburg team was recognized as one of the top 10-percent programs among the 3,000 active memberships in the United States by the National Forensic League.

Mrs. Kemp has been a Perrysburg Schools employee since 1992 and has worked in several capacities, including director of Community Education and long-term substitute teacher. While coaching the Speech and Debate team, she obtained a licensure in Language Arts from Bowling Green State University in May, 2012.

The National Forensic League is the honor society for middle and high school speech and debate. As a non-profit organization, the league recognizes participation and progress in public speaking and debating activities as a means to meet the Common Core Standards of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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