Ingstad Earns National Speech & Debate Association’s 1st Diamond Coach Award
West Fargo, ND – (February 2nd, 2024) – West Fargo High School Congress, Speech, and Debate Coach, Abby Ingstad, has been honored with the 1st Diamond Coach Award for her outstanding commitment and experience in coaching by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). Diamond coach awards reflect excellence and longevity in the activity. Coaches who have received diamond awards during the current academic year are recognized during the Donus D. Roberts Diamond Assembly at that year’s National Tournament. Coach Abby Ingstad will be recognized at this year's National Speech and Debate Tournament, which will be hosted in Des Moines, Iowa in June. Ingstad was also named the 2023 Student Congress Coach of the Year this past November.
The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. Since 1925, the National Speech & Debate Association has been recognizing 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. This is one of the highest honors a coach can achieve as a part of the National Speech & Debate Association. Diamond coach awards reflect excellence and longevity in the activity. A coach’s first Diamond is earned when they receive 15,000 points and have been coaching in the Association for at least five years since achieving the degree of merit (25 points). Five years must pass between each new diamond award, and 15,000 points must be earned to receive a second diamond. An additional 30,000 points must be earned, and five years must pass for each additional diamond.