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 — Liam Kirchner
15 — Noah Mengisteab
16 — Katie Hopkins
17 — Drew Sherman
18 — Michael Torpy
19 — Will Sjostrom
20 — Rachel Thurston
21 — Jake Pigott
22 — Zoe Elledge
23 — Brandon Fountain
24 — Mason Bussey
25 — Ananya Malhotra

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
1,287
1,263
1,182
1,130
1,058
1,054
1,045
1,045
1,041
979
918
876

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

Debaters in bold are actively competing in the program.

Single Season NSDA Point Records

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

Student Name & Rank
1 — Thomas Vance
2 — Liam Kirchner
3 — Sophie Verska
4 — Sydney Apple
5 — Duvall Adair
6 — Duvall Adair
7 — Thomas Vance
8 — Sydney Apple
9 — Will Sjostrom
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 — Duvall Adair
21 — Rachel Thurston
22 — Ananya Malhotra
23 — Thomas Vance
24 — Sydney Chung
25 — Mason Bussey

Points
840
809
743
743
741
733
712
698
675
669
656
652
625
618
605
600
595
594
564
545
535
532
524
516
501

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

 

Freshman Record - Maggie Nahas, 421 points (2018-2019)
First Year Record - Katie Hopkins, 564 points (2014-2015)