SUMMIT, NJ - Matt Colon, a four-year member of the ultra-successful Summit High School Speech and Debate Team and its current president, has been selected as 'Student of the Year' by the New Jersey Speech and Debate League.

The annual award recognizes one student from the state's members of the National Speech & Debate Association who best embodies the code of honor: integrity, humility, respect, leadership, and area service. Nominees must also demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to the speech and debate community.

Colon has competed on the Summit Speech and Debate team for four years in Public Forum Debate, Original Oratory, Impromptu Speaking and Informative Speaking.

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In 2016, he placed in top twenty out of 340 entries in Expository Speaking at the National Tournament in Salt Lake City. At the New Jersey District Tournament in this past March, he placed first in Original Oratory and in Informative Speaking, qualifying him once again for the NSDA National tournament which which will be held in Birmingham, AL, in June.

Colon is also president of the Summit High School Interact Club and teaches religion classes at the Jewish Community Center. He will be attending Stanford University in the fall​.