• 2nd Place at State and 2nd Place at NSDA Qualifier

    The 2021 Congressional Debate season finished in a fantastic way.  With a team of underclassmen, the second year Horace program was able to place 2nd out of 18 teams.  They had three state champions. Jayla Ridout (7th Grade) was presiding officer in House 6, Jordan Graves (9th Grade) was the champion in House 3, and Nadir Mohamed (10th Grade) was the champion in the top chamber in the state, Senate.  These are the first three state champions for any activity in the history of the school.

    Others placing:

    Isabel Flanagan (7th Grade) placed 6th in House 6 
    Keagen Kratcha (8th Grade) placed 3rd in House 5
    Nora Aeilts (7th Grade) placed 7th in House 5 
    Liam Rude (7th Grade) placed 5th in House 4 
    Veda Voegele (9th Grade) placed 2nd in House 2 
    Griffin Terras (10th Grade) placed 8th in House 1 
    Vinny Halverson (10th Grade) placed 7th in Senate


    National Qualifier

    Horace had a stellar performance at the District NSDA Qualifier, placing second behind Sheyenne by one point.  Nadir Mohamed won the Senate, qualifying to nationals for congressional debate.  Vinny Halverson placed third in the House, qualifying to nationals for congressional debate.  They now move on to compete in Louisville, Kentucky, for the national tournament in June. 

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Meet the Coaching Staff



Degrees and Certifications:

Master in Education- Jamestown University English Education - Dickinson State University Theatre Education - Dickinson State University NSDA One-Diamond Coach NSDA Distinguished Service Gold Key

Nathan Amberg

Nathan Amberg began coaching the Horace Student Congress Team in 2020.  He also acts as the head Debate Coach, the Head Speech Coach, and the National Speech and Debate Association advisor for both Horace and Heritage.

In the first two years of the program, Horace has placed 5th at state (2020) and 2nd at state (2021); the state tournament is held in the North Dakota State Capitol building each November.  To date, the Horace Congress Team has had fifteen students place at the State Congress Tournament.  Additionally, three students have qualified to compete in congressional debate at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament held annually in June. 

Before coaching at Horace, Amberg coached speech at Dickinson High School (2013-2020) and Dickinson Trinity (2011-2013).  Amberg also coached student congress at Dickinson High School (2015-2020) and helped coach and start the Dickinson Trinity student congress team in 2018.  He has been named a Regional Coach of the Year two times by his colleagues through the Communication, Speech, Theatre Association of ND (CSTAND).  Between Congress, Debate, and Speech, Amberg has coached over 150 state finalists and 20 state champions.  In 2019 Amberg was named the State Coach of the Year for Student Congress (CSTAND), and in 2018 and 2022 Amberg was named the Class A State Coach of the Year for Speech (CSTAND).



Degrees and Certifications:

Cassidy Hughes

Cassidy Hughes is the current Student Congress assistant coach.

Hughes is currently receiving her Undergraduate at North Dakota State University with the goal of majoring in Elementary Education. Her overall goal is to work towards a Master's in Education after she receives her Elementary Education Degree.

Though new to the coaching game, Hughes enjoys coaching the students and getting to know them as people. Hughes graduated from Dickinson High School and was coached by Amberg in both Student Congress and Speech.  During her high school years, she was a state champion in student congress, a state champion in speech, competed at the National Speech and Debate tournament, and placed at state several other times in both student congress and speech. 

About the Program

  • 2021 2nd Place at State

     2021 State Congress

    2020 5th Place at State

    2020 State Student Congress Team

Horace High School Student Congress Camp