Lawrenceville Earns Highest Status from National Speech & Debate Assn.

Lawrenceville has earned charter membership, the highest honor a school can achieve, as part of the National Speech and Debate Association.
Membership is earned by earning more than 50 degrees for outstanding participation in speech and debate activities. Degrees are earned by students and coaches through speech and debate competition, community service, and leadership activities.
Lawrenceville’s 2018-19 Speech and Debate Club is led by Co-Presidents Rishi Bagaria ’19 (debate), Kevin Xiao ’19 (logistics), and Ivy Zhang (speech). Elaine Wang ’20 is the Club tournament director and Lincoln-Douglas captain.
A primary goal for leadership this year has been increasing membership and developing the team. “We’ve been really excited to see more interest and more people going to tournaments,” said Wang. “For us, that’s enough.”
She continued, “It was really nice to see concrete evidence [by earning charter membership] of the progress we’ve made. Having that third party recognition was important because it made us feel that our work has made positive change for the team and the School.”
The National Speech & Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities. It works to connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate.
For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at

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