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Robbinsdale Area Schools seniors recognized as National Speech and Debate Association Academic All Americans

Robbinsdale Area Schools seniors recognized as National Speech and Debate Association Academic All Americans
Posted on 11/15/2017
Armstrong High School senior Helen Radovic and Cooper High School senior David Necas have been recognized as National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Academic All Americans. According to the association, fewer than 500 of the organization’s 141,000 members (0.3%) qualify for this award each year.

Students are eligible for the award if they have earned 750 NSDA points earned in Speech, Debate, DECA, Public Speaking and Service. Other criteria include having a GPA of at least 3.7, an ACT test score of 27 or over, and three letters of recommendation.

Both students spoke of the hard work represented by the award.

“My parents immigrated to this country when I was very young, escaping a war-torn country and trying to build a future for me here,” Helen said. “This award means a lot, because it shows that great opportunities exist in America if hard work is put in to achieve them. Though the award represents hours of arduous work, I would do it all over again. Pushing myself to learn about the world will help me make a positive impact on it in the future.”

Helen is considering attending Macalester College in St. Paul, and possibly pursuing an International Relations Major.

“To me, this award is a reflection of all the time I have put into debate, and it represents the perseverance and commitment that is required to be successful,” David said.

David has not yet chosen a college, but is considering pursuit of a science major.

“Having two students recognized as Academic All Americans is an absolute treat and speaks volumes to the success of David, Helen and everyone on the team,” said team coach DJ Brynteson. “It is so much fun to be associated with such amazing students. Seeing David and Helen grow these last four years has been absolutely amazing.  Not only are they leaders on the team, but they are leaders in the community and are posed for greatness in their future.”

The NSDA Academic All-American Award is presented annually to 500 students who show academic excellence, leadership, service and integrity. The organization is the largest interscholastic organization in the world recognizing students through speech and debate competition, as well as community service, public speaking and leadership activities.   Founded in 1925, the NSDA has celebrated the achievements of more than 1.5 million alumni.