RAHS’s Gregg Martinson receives national coaching award

The National Forensic League, the speech and debate honor society, is proud to announce Gregg Martinson as its newest diamond coach. Martinson, of Roseville Area High School, received a First diamond award after earning 1,505.70 points on Oct. 12.

A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The League provides diamond awards based on coach points received. Coaches receive one   tenth the points earned by their students and one tenth of the points earned as a student member of the League. After a minimum of five years as a League member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; he or she receives a second diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each diamond award.

On June 19, Martinson will receive special recognition at the National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed the tournament on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities since the origination of the list.

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