Two educators named to district debate committee

PARKERSBURG — Two Wood County speech and debate team coaches are among five new members appointed this week to the West Virginia District Speech and Debate District Leadership Committee.

Michelle Talbott at Parkersburg South High School has been named district chair and Lori Zyla at Parkersburg High School has been appointed as a committee member.

Being elected to the district committee is described as a prestigious honor for speech and debate educators. These coaches and teachers are given the opportunity to shape the future of speech and debate in their community by influencing rules changes, hosting the national qualifying tournament for their students and providing input on the future of the activity.

“We rely on the passion, skills, and expertise of our district committees to drive our shared vision and ensure every student has access to speech and debate activities,” said J. Scott Wunn, executive director of the National Speech and Debate Association. “Our district committees play a very important role in shaping the success of speech and debate in their communities and across the country.”

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, according to a press release. For 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and leaders in society.

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