Talking Panthers Earn Prestigious National Charter Membership
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Talking Panthers 2015-16
Talking Panthers 2015-16
Charter membership reflects sustained commitment to speech and debate education over several years.

Knob Noster High School Earns Prestigious National Charter Membership

The Knob Noster High School competitive speech team, the “Talking Panthers”, has been granted

charter membership in the National Speech and Debate Association (also known as the National

Forensic League).

Charter membership reflects sustained commitment to speech and debate education over several years.

As a result, it is the highest level a program may achieve within the high school speech and debate

honor society.

“Achieving this honor is not easy,” said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director for the Association. “Charter

status places this program among the best in the nation.”

While the actual honor for Knob Noster High School’s team occurred last year, a certificate noting the

charter members has been received and will be framed and displayed at the high school this year.

These charter members include Coaches Mr. Don Gill and Ms. Liz Stafford, Jessica Axton, Kaylee Bragg,

Bryanna Brown, Brandon Davis, Donavan McGoldrick, Kyle McGoldrick, Ashley Meierhofer, Kirsten

Orndoff, Elly Prochaska, Hali Still, Jessica Yates, and Andre Williams.

Since the honor takes several years to achieve, it is important to congratulate Knob Noster speech and

debate students from the academic years 2011-2015 inclusively. Without their groundbreaking work in

the reestablishment of a chapter at KNHS, this honor would not be possible.

Many of the charter members are current students who continue the legacy of quality in speech and

debate at Knob Noster High School. These students who carry the torch forward are Kaylee Bragg, Kyle

McGoldrick, Elly Prochaska, Jessica Yates, and Andre Williams.

The National Speech and 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 and Debate Association has empowered

more than 1.4 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable

leaders in our society. For more information, visit www.speechanddebate.org.

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