Bishop Kelley Teacher Earns Honor from Forensic League

The National Forensic League has announced that Erin D. Harbaugh-Clark from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa has earned a first diamond. Harbaugh-Clark attained a total of 2,041 points on Oct. 24. Coaches receive 1/10th of their student’s points. Under Harbaugh-Clark’s instructions, her students earned over 20,410 credit points. Coaches qualify for membership and advanced degrees 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 towards district standings and tournament apportionment.

In June, Harbaugh-Clark will receive special recognition at the Lincoln Financial Group/NFL National Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held in Derby/Wichita, Kan., June 17-22 and will draw 2,700 students and 1,500 coaches, school administrators and parents. The National Speech Tournament has been held continuously since 1931 (except for the W.W. 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.

For further information, contact: J. Scott Wunn, National Secretary, National Forensic League 125 Watson Street Ripon, WI 54971. Phone: (920) 748-6206. Email:

Updated 12-18-2006

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