JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro High School received national charter membership to the National Speech and Debate Association.
Only a handful of schools in the state of Arkansas have this charter.
A school can get charter membership when members of the team accumulate 50 degrees established by the association.
JHS debate and forensic team coach Dawn Tucker said the degrees are earned by getting points from each debate.
She said students receive points for participating in debates and by how well they do. These points then add up to different types of degrees.
Tucker said every member has earned one or more degrees to help get the team this charter.
The JHS debate and forensics team has only been together for three years and Tucker said they have done very well.
"I think it is pretty good, the kids have really worked hard and earning the points has not come easy," Tucker said. "They have really stepped up."
Tucker announced the charter to the team this week and she said they were very excited.
The association sent the school a hard copy of the charter with the names of everyone on the team.
"Twenty years from now when they come for a reunion and bring their kids they can say, I was a part of that," Tucker said.
The team still has work to do this semester. They will travel to two more tournaments this school year and work to qualify for the state tournament.
According to the National Debate and Speech Association this is the highest school membership honor.
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