Thursday, January 9, 2014

Topeka High's McComas to Receive Award



Topeka High School’s Debate and Forensics Director, Pam McComas, is being honored with a Diamond Award from the National Forensics League. This is the seventh time Ms. McComas, a 35-year veteran of Topeka Public Schools, has received this award!

The 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 of 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 their 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 November 3, 2013, Ms. McComas had earned 24,432 points, qualifying her for a seventh Diamond Award.
On June 19, 2014, Ms. McComas will receive special recognition at the National Forensic League’s National Speech and Debate Tournament in Overland Park. More than 5,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation attend the tournament each year.
Ms. McComas has produced five national champions at the National Forensics League’s National Tournament. She has also helped turn many students into state champions in debate and forensics.  
Congratulations, Ms. McComas, and thank you for all you do for the students of Topeka Public Schools!