Pau-Wa-Lu earns membership in NFL |

Pau-Wa-Lu earns membership in NFL

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Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School has been granted charter membership in the NFL – and they’re not talking about football.

“I am pleased to inform you that your program has attained charter status in the National Forensic League,” NFL Executive Director Scott Wunn wrote in a Feb. 8 letter to PWL English and speech and debate teacher Callie Campbell-Parr. “This significant distinction is the highest school membership honor in the NFL. As a charter member, your program has demonstrated excellence in attaining new members and degrees.”

The charter announcement was commemorated by certificated listing the names of currently active students and coaches. Presently, there are 30 students on the team.

“Charter membership is the highest level of membership in the NFL, and reflects sustained commitment to speech and debate education over several years,” NFL officials said in a press release.

The National Forensic League is a not-for-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop life skills.

Last year, more than 112,000 secondary students, representing more than 2,800 high schools and nearly 100 middle schools, built their communication, leadership, cognitive and presentational skills.

As members, students may compete to attend the world’s largest academic event, the NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament, which awards more than $153,000 in college scholarships to top students each summer.

Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL, including Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Kelsey Grammer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brad Pitt and James Dean.

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