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Murrah Students Named Academic All Americans by National Speech & Debate Association

December 6, 2019

Jeffrey Caliedo, Maisie Brown, Abigail Showalter, Evan Morrisey
Murrah seniors (from left) Jeffrey Caliedo, Maisie Brown, Abigail Showalter, and Evan Morrisey have been named Academic All Americans by the National Speech & Debate Association.

Four seniors from Murrah High School have been named Academic All Americans by the National Speech & Debate Association. Jeffrey Caliedo, Maisie Brown, Abigail Showalter, and Evan Morrisey have all been recognized for their competitive excellence in Speech and Debate, academic success in the classroom, and outstanding leadership and service.

Academic All Americans must hold a National Speech & Debate Association degree of Superior Distinction or higher within the Honor Society, reflecting the attainment of 750 or more degree points earned through speaking competition or service activities. They must also have earned an unweighted GPA of 3.7 or higher over their high-school career. Finally, they must demonstrate outstanding character and leadership. According to the NSDA, from more than 140,000 high school student members of the National Speech & Debate Association, fewer than 2% of students earn the Academic All American award every year.

Jeffrey, Maisie, Abigail, and Evan join only eight other students in school history to have achieved the award: Joseph Araujo (class of 2015); Lauren Allen (2016); Jose Navas and Trevian Strong (2017); Justin Bell, Sophia Bowley, and Alton Chambers (2018); and Matthew Araujo (2019).