EHS Has Five Academic All-Americans

Apr 25, 2016 | District News Release

Five EHS Students Are Academic All-Americans in National Speech & Debate Association

Emporia High School seniors Ashley DeBauge, Chelsea Herrarte, Daley Keister and Caylie Ratzlaff and junior Tommy Phan have been named as National Speech & Debate Association Academic All Americans in recognition of speech and debate excellence and academic success. The honors were announced by Scott W. Bonnet, EHS speech and debate director.

Member students may be nominated for this prestigious award by meeting several criteria—including maintaining a GPA of 3.7/4.0 or higher in addition to earning an ACT score of 27 or higher and/or a combined SAT score of 2,000 or higher.

Academic All Americans must hold a National Speech & Debate Association degree of Superior Distinction or higher within the Honor Society, reflecting the attainment of 750 or more degree points earned through speaking competition or service activities. Finally, they must demonstrate outstanding character and leadership.

DeBauge will attend Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas next year.  She was a four-year member of the EHS speech and debate teams.  Keister will attend Kansas State University.   He was a four-year member of the EHS speech and debate teams.  Caylie Ratzlaff is Emporia State University bound.  She was a team captain and four-year member of the EHS speech and debate teams.  Phan will return to Emporia High for his senior season next year.

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 130,000 students and coaches every year. For nearly 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

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