The National Speech & Debate Association has announced their list of "Top 100 Schools," and we are beyond excited to share that Washburn Rural High School came in at no. 11! The "Top 100” designation is given to schools with the largest number of new degrees in the National Forensic League Honor Society. To earn degrees, students accumulate merit points through competition, service, and leadership activities. The team also earned a Leading Chapter Award, an honor bestowed upon just three percent of schools in the nation!
The Debate and Forensics programs are under the direction of head coach Tim Ellis. In his 10-year tenure, Washburn Rural has won three national championships and eight state championships in policy debate and has been runner-up state champions for team forensics on five separate occasions.