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Norman Student Named National Speech and Debate Champion

A Norman High School student who took on more than 4,000 students from across the nation has been named the National Speech & Debate Association’s national champion. Nicky Halterman last week competed in Dallas at the world’s largest academic competition, which included students from more than 1,200 schools.
“I'm very proud of Nicky's accomplishments,” said Kasey Harrison, Norman High School’s Debate and Competitive Acting coach. “This has been the culmination of four strong years of debate for him. Nicky worked as hard as any student I've ever encountered preparing for this tournament, and he is deserving of this national championship. He is a really special student and deserved to go

Along with the championship title, Halterman will receive a $1,000 college scholarship for his achievement.

“Persistence, work ethic and commitment are just a few qualities Nicky has consistently displayed as he has worked toward becoming the absolute best at what he does,” said Dr. Scott Beck, Norman High School principal. “His strong example and leadership have been real assets for Norman High School and our entire student body and we simply could not be prouder of this unbelievable accomplishment.”

About the National Speech & Debate Association

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. For 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. For more information, visit