December 8, 2014
Dec. 8, 2014—Tammi Raley, speech and debate coach at Cypress Springs High School, will be recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) with a Diamond Award for excellence in coaching.
The Diamond Award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The NSDA, the honor society for speech and debate, gives points to students for their tournament participation. A coach earns his or her first Diamond Award after teaching for at least five years and after his or her students have earned at least 15,000 points.
Raley has coached speech and debate at Cypress Springs since 2009. She will be honored by the NSDA during its diamond ceremony at the Speech & Debate National Championship in June in Dallas, where more than 5,000 students, teachers, and parents are expected to be in attendance.
“It is an awesome recognition. I feel I have been blessed to get to do what I love for a career,” Raley said. “The points are great, but it is a representation of all of my students’ successes together and the legacy that will keep going on through them. It’s an honor to pass that on the kids and see them reach their successes.”