BIRMINGHAM, AL - Summit High School was named a 'School of Honor' and 15 Hilltoppers competed with distinction at the recent National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament in Birmingham, AL. The 'School of Honor' designation was awarded to Summit High School for ranking in the top 40 schools in the speech competition.

Summit qualified its largest group yet for the 2017 tournament, with Hope Kovera and Grace Milsten advancing to the octo-final round in Duo Interpretation; Stefania Valera also advanced to octos in Programmed Oral Interpretation; Yannick Nandury and Rachel Blume placed in the top 30 out of 272 Public Forum Debate Teams; and Kimberly Lee placed eighth in Programmed Oral Interpretation. 

The largest academic competition in the world, the NSDA National Tournament hosts more than 3,000 students from all 50 states and seven international schools in eleven speech, interpretation, and debate events. Winners of each event win over $7,000 in scholarships.

Summit Nationals qualifiers included  Blume, Gerard Apruzzese, Nandury, Mitchell Sink, Cate Esposito, Erin Manion, Lee, Zack Olson, Valera, Matt Wilson, Kovera, Mat Colon, Darby Ryden, Milsten, and James Badenhausen, along with coaches Jim and Anne Poyner​.