Audrey Schlemmer, a senior at Hood River Valley High School, earned an Academic All American Award from the National Speech and Debate Association in October. Academic All American recognizes high school students who have earned the degree of Superior Distinction in the Honor Society of the NSDA, achieved rigorous criteria for GPA, and demonstrated outstanding character and leadership in their team, school, and community. Fewer than 1% of members in the national organization earn the award each year.
Schlemmer, who competes in multiple types of speech and debate events has also served as a team captain for two years. “I find Speech and Debate to be the most beneficial thing a teenager can do in high school.” Schlemmer states. After high school, she hopes to study political science and possibly attend law school.