Highlands Ranch teacher named Diamond Coach

Award is highest honor coaches can achieve as part of the National Speech and Debate Association

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A teacher at Highlands Ranch High School received the Diamond Coach Award, recognizing a career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate education.

Brent Oberg has received the Diamond Award three times.

“Our Diamond Award winners provide access to the life-changing benefits of speech and debate for thousands of students,” National Speech & Debate Executive Director J. Scott Wunn said in a news release. “We are proud to recognize these educators for their service, and thank them for their hard work.”

All Diamond Award winners will be recognized at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in June in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More than 10,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation attend the national tournament every year.

Since 1925, the National Speech & Debate Association has recognized student and coach achievements in speech and debate. Coaches earn points in the national honorary through team participation, student achievement, public service, and leadership work.

To earn a Diamond Award, a coach must be a member of the National Speech & Debate Association for at least five years. Coaches earn additional awards with more points earned in the Honor Society. A coach who attains 15,000 points is awarded a first Diamond; they receive a second Diamond for 30,000 points, a third for 60,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each Diamond Award.

Learn more at www.speechanddebate.org/coach-recognition

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