The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to congratulate The Montgomery Academy as a 2017 Leading Chapter Award winner. This is the highest recognition a speech and debate chapter can achieve in the National Speech & Debate Honor Society and Montgomery Academy is the only school in Alabama to earn this honor.
This is the fifth time The Montgomery Academy Chapter has received the award, also earning it in 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, and now 2017. MA is one of only two schools in the nation that has been awarded the Leading Chapter Award five times in the last 25 years - the other school is Cherry Creek High School in Colorado.
Only one school in each speech and debate district earns this prestigious award every year. From more than 3,600 schools across the country, only around 3% of schools are recognized as Leading Chapter Award winners. Schools with this distinction not only lead other schools within their district; they serve as flagship programs for novice speech and debate teams around the United States.
To receive this award, a school earns a point for every new member and each degree that existing members earn. This is a cumulative award and a minimum of five years must transpire before a school can win the award or five years must transpire before a school can receive the award from when they last received it.
"This award, which is based on participation, represents a tremendous dedication to speech and debate education," said Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. "Our leading chapter schools understand the importance of speech and debate, and the life changing benefits of the activity. We are proud to recognize these hard-working schools with this coveted honor."
"Speech and debate advances communication skills, improves reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking, develops interpersonal skills, and prepares students for college, career, and beyond," said Wunn. "Nowhere is this more evident than our Leading Chapter Schools."