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Kurtti Earns National Speech & Debate Association’s 1st Diamond Coach Award

West Fargo, ND – (January 12th, 2024) – Sheyenne High School Speech and Debate Coach, Nathan Kurtti, has been honored with the 1st Diamond Coach Award for his 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 Nathan Kurtti will be recognized at this year's National Speech and Debate Tournament, which will be hosted in Des Moines, Iowa in June.

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. To earn a Diamond Award, a coach must be a member of the National Speech & Debate Association for at least five years. Coaches earn additional awards with more points earned in the Honor Society. A coach who attains 15,000 points is awarded a first Diamond; they receive a second Diamond for 30,000 points, a third for 45,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each Diamond Award. “Our Diamond Award winners provide access to the life changing benefits of speech and debate for thousands of students,” said National Speech & Debate Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. “We are proud to recognize these educators for their service, and thank them for their hard work.”

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. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 150,000 students and coaches every year. For 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. For more information, visit

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