Garden City High School debate coach, Russ Tidwell, received his fourth Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association, after earning 12,183 points.
A Diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The Association provides Diamond awards based on coach points received. Coaches receive one-tenth of the points earned by their students and one-tenth of the points earned as a student member of the association. After a minimum of five years as a National Speech and Debate Association member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first Diamond; he or she receives a second Diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each Diamond award.
On June 18, 2015, Tidwell will receive special recognition at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation.