MONTVILLE, NJ - Montville Township High School was named in the National Speech and Debate Association’s Top 100 Schools in the Nation. MTHS was one of only two New Jersey schools to achieve this national status. National Speech and Debate Association released the 2019-2020 list on October 20, 2020.

“Each year, the 100 chapters with the largest number of new degrees in the National Forensic League Honor Society receive the Top 100 Schools designation,” according to the notice on the speechanddebate.org website.

“Our Top 100 schools show an incredible commitment to growing speech and debate,” said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association. “These programs demonstrate outstanding commitment to the values of integrity, humility, respect, leadership, and service that are central to our Code of Honor.” 

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“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” wrote Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar in an e-mail to the team’s advisors. “Congratulations to all of the students and their advisors!!”

Advisors to the award-winning MTHS Speech and Debate Team are Assistant Coach Alexandra Iemmello, an English Teacher at MTHS, and Michael Miller, a sixth grade English Teacher at Robert R. Lazar Middle School.

“Congratulations to all of the students and coaches,” said Montville Township Public Schools Supervisor of Humanities, David Tubbs. “We are very proud of your great work.”

According to the announcement: “The National Speech & Debate Association is the authority on public speaking and debate in the United States. The Association builds the infrastructure for speech and debate competitions around the world by providing topics, educational resources, and training for students and coaches. For nearly 100 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has built a platform for youth voices that culminates in the National Tournament, the largest academic competition in the world.” 

The entire Top 100 list can be viewed here.