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Churchill student named NSDA District Student of the Year

Hailey Medrano

Hailey Medrano - Churchill HS

Hailey Medrano, a senior at Churchill High School, has been named the National Speech and Debate Association Central Texas District Student of the Year. The award is based on competitive success, academic achievement and community service. Members of the National Speech and Debate Association who are in the 12th grade are nominated by their coaches, and the district committee then makes the final selection.

Hailey will go on to represent the Central Texas NSDA District as a candidate for the National Student of the Year. That award will be announced at the 2014 NSDA National Speech and Debate Tournament in June, where Hailey will be competing in Original Oratory.

Hailey has had an exemplary high school career in Speech and Debate. This year alone she has achieved the following:

• NSDA District Champion in Original Oratory and Duo Interpretation
• UIL District Champion in Poetry
• Texas Forensic Association quadruple state qualifier
• TFA Finalist in Duo Interpretation
• Texas Association for Pupil Transportation State Bus Safety Speech Competition 2nd place in 12th grade division
• UIL State 2nd place in Poetry

She has earned the National Speech and Debate Association’s Degree of Premiere Distinction, the highest student degree available. Her four-year participation on the Churchill Speech and Debate Team has been characterized by consistency and excellence.

She has also served her community this year. On short notice, she prepared a speech encouraging her fellow classmates to make responsible choices over Spring Break. She then used one of her few free weekends to present that speech at a competition hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation. Additionally, she won 3rd place and $600 to support Churchill’s Project Graduation.

Hailey also founded the Feminist Club on campus this year. Seeing a need to raise awareness about gender issues, Hailey took it upon herself to write the charter, gain permissions and organize the meetings of the Feminist Club. The students responded by electing her the first president of the club. Finally, Hailey’s time is predominantly spent in speech competitions or theatrical productions.

However, as a motivated student still finds a way to reach out to underserved communities. Churchill has recently become the home campus for hearing impaired students for the school district. As a student of American Sign Language, Hailey wanted to connect this population with the Theatre program. In the Fall production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Hailey organized a free performance with translators for students with hearing impairments. This was a warm welcome for these students to the Churchill community.

We wish Hailey luck in the National Student of the Year competition at the National Speech and Debate Association in June!

Posted on May 28, 2014