Hazen Students Headed to National Speech and Debate Tournament

posted on 7 July 2023
Hazen Students Headed to National Speech and Debate Tournament

Two Hazen students went to the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament which was held in Phoenix, AZ on June 11-16.

The students to attend were Union State Bank’s senior student teller Kadyn Helde and his Hazen classmate Rylley Ziegler. Kadyn was nominated by a group of Class A and Class B coaches, while Rylley attended a supplementary event to gain experience. 

The NSDA is one of the highest honors and organizations that debate and speech students can take part in. There were over 6,000 students that participate in the national tournament. 

Kayden was one of 10 students from North Dakota that competed in an event called World Schools. This was a debate event where students spoke on current topics either as a proponent or opponent, with questions, rebuttals, use of sources, quick thinking, and strong personal presence. Kadyn and his team represented North Dakota. 

Union State Bank is more than happy to have supported Kadyn and Rylley’s travels by donating $500 towards their expenses. Each student’s total cost was estimated to be $1,700, meals not included. Each student was responsible for this cost as the school covers registration for the event. 

We are excited Kadyn and Rylley were able to gain new experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Team North Dakota took a charter bus on June 7 and arrived home on June 19.