Lewiston coach gets national honor

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LEWISTON – The National Forensic League has announced that Joan M. Macri, a forensic coach at Lewiston High School, has earned a second diamond.

Macri attained a total of 3,089 points on Dec. 15. Coaches receive 1/10th of their student’s points. Under Macri’s instructions, her students earned more than 30,890 credit points.

Coaches qualify for membership and advanced degrees in the league according to the same schedule provided for students and must apply and pay a membership fee. Coaches who obtained membership as a student can request their points be added to their coaching record. One-tenth of the points earned as a student will be transferred without application or fee.

On attaining a total of 1,500 points, coaches are entitled to wear a diamond-set NFL key or pin; additional diamonds accrue at 3,000, 6,000, 10,000 and each 3,000 points thereafter. Minimum time for each diamond is five years as an NFL member coach. Also the degrees for three coaches within each chapter count toward district standings and tournament apportionment.

In June Macri will receive special recognition at the Lincoln Financial Group/NFL National Tournament for her dedication in training effective leadership skills.

This year’s national speech tournament will be held in Derby/Wichita, Kan., June 17 to 22, and will draw 2,700 students and 1,500 coaches, school administrators and parents. The tournament has been held continuously since 1931 (except for the World War II years) and has appeared on the approved list of the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Advisory List of Contests and Activities since origination of the list.

The National Forensic League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational honor society founded in 1925 by Bruno E. Jacob at Ripon College, Ripon, Wisc. Its purpose is to encourage and motivate high school students to participate in and become proficient in the forensic arts: debate, public speaking and interpretation.

More than 93,000 high school students and 3,500 high school teachers are active members. For more information, contact J. Scott Wunn, National Secretary, National Forensic League, 125 Watson St., Ripon, WI 54971; phone 920-748-6206; or e-mail nflrostrum@nflonline.org.

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