BHS Speech and Debate Team Earns National Recognition

BHS Speech and Debate Team Earns National Recognition

Sep 21, 2022


Back Row (Left to Right): Jared VanTieghem, Talia Cary, Matt Gardner, Ava Holmes, Sophia Hrncirik, Joe Rankin
Middle Row: Coy Evans, Charles Silver, Grant Carkner, Zach Adams, Ben Neighbor, Heath Leone
Front Row: Max Rantilla, Kimbree Callahan, Ayana Kidangayil, Cameron Ritchie, Cata Fernandez, Kathleen VanTieghem

Bettendorf High School’s Speech and Debate Team is proud to announce they have earned membership into the NSDA’s 100 Club for the 2021-2022 school year. In addition, Bettendorf High School’s Max Rantilla has earned the Academic All-American award from the NSDA.

For the first award, the Bettendorf Speech and Debate Team has earned membership in the NSDA’s prestigious 100 Club. Students earn Honor Society points and degrees based on competition, leadership, and service activities which contribute to a school's strength points. The Bettendorf chapter achieved 100 or more strength points for the 2021-2022 school year. This Club Award is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills, including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization. As stated by J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the NSDA, “The hard work you have invested to achieve this distinction will pay dividends for years to come. I encourage you to build upon this momentum to ensure that even more students are empowered to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our global society.”

In addition to this team level accomplishment, the Bettendorf Speech and Debate Team is also celebrating an individual accomplishment by its Senior member, Max Rantilla, for being selected for the Academic All-American award. This honor recognizes high school students who have earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points); completed at least 5 semesters of high school; demonstrated outstanding character and leadership; and earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). This tremendous accomplishment places Max among the top one-percent of all student members across the country.

The Bettendorf High School Speech and Debate Team was founded on April 18th, 1968. Since the beginning, Bettendorf has been a member of the NSDA. The NSDA is the oldest and largest interscholastic forensic organization in the world, with more than 120,000 high school and middle school students, representing nearly 3,000 high school and middle schools. Bettendorf High School is proud to support this competitive academic activity that allows students to participate with the best in the nation.