NSDA Points

The Marist Speech & Debate program is a charter chapter member of the National Speech & Debate Association. Through the Association’s Honor Society, students earn distinction through speech and debate competition, as well as community service, public speaking, and leadership activities.  Students earn points by participating in a number of speech and debate activities including interscholastic competition, public speaking events, and service activities. 

How to Earn NSDA Points

Debate events

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SPEECH EVENTS

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All Time School NSDA Point Records

1 — Thomas Vance
2 — Duvall Adair
3 — Sydney Apple
4 — Liam Torpy
5 — Paul Plaia
6 — Connor Fraundorf
7 — Andrew Zach
8 — Sydney Chung
9 — Quang Bui
10 — Chandler Apple
11 — Ryan McKenna
12 — Libby Mandarino
13 — Claire Mills
14 — Will Sjostrom
15 — Liam Kirchner
16 — Noah Mengisteab
17 — Katie Hopkins
18 — Drew Sherman
19 — Michael Torpy
20 — Rachel Thurston
21 — Jake Pigott
22 — Sophie Verska
23 — Zoe Elledge
24 — Brandon Fountain
25 — Mason Bussey

2,697
2,540
2,010
1,886
1,686
1,652
1,502
1,482
1,460
1,414
1,378
1,344
1,326
1,321
1,287
1,263
1,182
1,130
1,058
1,045
1,045
1,042
1,041
979
918

Class of 2017
Class of 2017
Class of 2015
Class of 2015
Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2012
Class of 2015
Class of 2014
Class of 2016
Class of 2012
Class of 2012
Class of 2020
Class of 2016
Class of 2016
Class of 2016
Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2012
Class of 2016
Class of 2020
Class of 2018
Class of 2015
Class of 2016

Debaters in bold are actively competing in the program.


Single Season NSDA Point Records

Twenty-eight debaters in school history have earned more than 500 points during a single season.

Student Name & Rank
1 — Sophie Verska
2 — Thomas Vance
3 — Will Sjostrom
4 — Liam Kirchner
5 — Sydney Apple
6 — Duvall Adair
7 — Duvall Adair
8 — Thomas Vance
9 — Sydney Apple
10 — Claire Mills
11 — Connor Fraundorf
12 — Liam Torpy
13 — Paul Plaia
14 — Katie Hopkins
15 — Liam Torpy
16 — Chandler Apple
17 — Paul Plaia
18 — Connor Fraundorf
19 — Katie Hopkins
20 — Anthony Ovadje
21 — Duvall Adair
22 — Maggie Nahas
23 — Rachel Thurston
24 — Ananya Malhotra
25 — Thomas Vance
26 — Sydney Chung
27 — Mason Bussey
28 — Sydney Vance

Points
946
840
827
809
743
741
733
712
698
669
656
652
625
618
605
600
595
594
564
547
545
536
535
532
524
516
501
501

Year
2019
2017
2019
2016
2015
2017
2016
2016
2014
2012
2017
2014
2018
2016
2014
2014
2017
2016
2015
2019
2015
2019
2012
2015
2015
2012
2017
2019

Other NSDA Point Records

Freshman Record - Maggie Nahas, 526 points (2018-2019)
First Year Record - Katie Hopkins, 564 points (2014-2015)