Sheyenne High School’s Luke Young and Aryaman Sharma have earned the Academic All-American Award through their involvement in the National Speech & Debate Association.
“This coveted award recognizes academic rigor, competitive success and personal excellence,” NSDA Executive Director J. Scott Wunn said in a statement.
The National Speech and Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities.
The NSDA awards the Academic All-American to fewer than 500 students annually out of the more than 141,000 student members. This means that each of these students are in the top half of one-percent of all student members across the country. The Academic All-American Award was established in 1999 to honor students with both high academic achievement and competitive forensic experience. In order to earn this distinguished accomplishment, a student must complete five semesters of high school; earn the degree of Superior Distinction in the NSDA Honor Society (a total of 750 or more merit points); achieve rigorous criteria for GPA and/or test score requirements; and demonstrate outstanding character and leadership.