Copley High School Students Named Academic All-American Students by the National Speech and Debate Association
Conner and Milligan are just the 17th and 18th students from the district to receive this honor since the National Speech and Debate Association began the award in 2001.
"We are so proud of both Alexander and Audrey for being named Academic All-American Students," said Shannon Rote, head coach of the Copley High School Speech and Debate team and middle school RTI tutor. "This is not an easy award to attain. Alexander and Audrey are both well rounded hard working students, who are deserving of this honor. Receiving the Academic All-American award is a big feather they can put in their caps!"
Conner and Milligan will be honored at an award ceremony on April 30, at Copley High School. At this time, both students will be recognized and receive pins as a symbol of the award.
Conner is a three-year letterman for the Speech and Debate team. He is a three-time state qualifier in United States Extemporaneous Speaking. He finished fifth in the state at this year's competition. Conner serves as an officer on the speech and debate team. He is planning to attend Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., this fall.
Milligan is also a three-year letterman for the Speech and Debate team. As a junior, she currently holds the position of officer on the team. She is a three-time state qualifier in Lincoln-Douglas style debate. Milligan is also in the top five students of her class.
"Congratulations to Alexander and Audrey on receiving this prestigious award," said Superintendent Brian Poe. "This honor signifies the hard work and commitment these students have demonstrated not only in the classroom, but also in the competitive speech and debate arena."