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Johnson earns gold key

Sheyenne High School speech and student congress coach, Kelsey Johnson, has been honored with the Distinguished Service Gold Key award through her outstanding commitment to service and dedication to the National Speech & Debate Association.

Bruno E. Jacob, the founder of the NDSA, initiated the Distinguished Service Award in 1925.

This award recognizes coaches who selflessly serve the Association. Coaches who perform

service for the association, such as hosting tournaments, writing or presenting about the

association, recruiting a new chapter school, or writing an article for Rostrum, earn service

citations. Those who earn 20 citations are given a special gold key.

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.

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