Two Woodbury High School students were among 11 Twin Cities-area teens declared finalists at the National Speech & Debate Tournament held June 16-21 in Dallas.

  • Informative Speaking - Second place: Nadia Franzen
  • Commentary - Sixth place: Sophie Wu

Both students were coached by Suzanne and Dillon White.

The National Speech and Debate Tournament is the largest academic competition in the world, attracting nearly 10,000 students, coaches, educators and parents from around the country.

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“Our national finalists are the future leaders of our country,” said J. Scott Wunn, executive director of the National Speech & Debate Association, in a news release. “These students not only have extraordinary talent, but they are passionate, smart, dedicated and hard working. We’re extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to all of the great things they will do in the future.”

Almost 200,000 students are members of the National Speech & Debate Association, and only 4% qualify to compete at the national tournament. The national champions make up less than 1% of all high school speech and debate competitors nationwide.