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Leopold earns national / speech debate's highest rank

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Chesterton High School senior Michael Leopold has earned the degree of Premier Distinction from the National Forensic League (NFL), the organizationís highest degree of student membership.

Leopold, under the direction of Scott Woodhouse and Robert J. Jelly, earned the NFL honor which reflects sustained excellence in classroom activities, competition rounds and service projects.

Students may earn points in six separate categories: speech, debate, congress, service, district and national.

A total of 80 high school students earned the degree of Premier distinction between March 15, 2012 and April 15, 2012, placing them in the top half of one percent of NFL student members.

The NFL is a non-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop studentís essential life skills and values. More that 120,000 students, representing nearly 3,000 schools nationwide, are currently building their communication, leadership, cognitive and presentational skills as members.

Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL. For more information visit




Posted 5/22/2012