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Harris receives seventh Diamond Award
Harris receives seventh Diamond Award
Posted on 06/14/2016

Raytown High School Speech and Debate coach Mark Harris recently received his seventh Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA).

The NSDA awards Diamond recognition each year and has only recognized 17 seven diamond winners since 1925. To achieve this award, the recipient must actively coach for 35 years or more and have students accumulate over 100,000 competition points. Mr. Harris’ students have earned over 243,000 points.

During Harris’ 35 year of speech and debate coaching, over 100 students have participated in 34 national tournaments, 11 students have been named competitive All-Americans (top 25 in the nation), and 18 students have earned Academic All-American honors (top 3 percent in the nation).

In 2002, Harris’ students won the National Congress Championship and Sean Stewart and was the National Champion in the Congress House.

Historically, Harris ranks 9th overall among speech and debate coaches based on his years of experience and accumulated points.

Harris will receive his award at the National Speech and Debate Tournament during the Donus D. Roberts Diamond Assembly in Salt Lake City Utah this month.

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