The McPherson High School Debate program has been recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as a 100 Club member.
“That puts us in the top 10 percent of schools nationwide,” MHS principal Brad Plackemeier said. “That's based on not only competition, but also service.”
Plackemeier made the announcement during the McPherson school board meeting Monday night. El Dorado and Blue Valley Northwest in the Kansas City area were the only other Kansas schools to receive the honor.
MHS debate coach and teacher Aaron Schopper, who is in his third year at the high school, says that the honors for the debate program don't end there.
“This year we also have three students in particular that are up for academic and performance All-Americans,” Schopper said. “That is Molly Black, Callie Lemon and Paxton Leaf. In order to accomplish that over your career, you have to get 750 NFL points and also achieve a 3.5 or higher GPA. And to be accepted in that club puts you in the top 20 percent of students in the nation for that particular program.”
Schopper added that Dalton Kokemeyer is a top 10 percent point earner, which is based off of performance, academics and service record. Kokemeyer has 1,600 performance points as of Monday's USD 418 meeting.