By Kristen Miller
DASSEL-COKATO, MN - Susan Marco is receiving her own recognition from the National Forensic League for the work she had done as a speech coach.
“It’s nice to be recognized, but ultimately, it’s the students that make the difference,” Marco said.
Marco, a 15-year teacher at Dassel-Cokato High School, has been coaching speech for 13 years.
In 1998, DC became a member of the National Forensic League, which is a not-for-profit educational honor society.
The purpose of the National Forensic League is to encourage high school students to participate in forensic arts such as debate, public speaking, and interpretation.
Students involved in National Forensic League earn points depending on their scores when they compete through speech, as well as through work within the community. For example, students can earn points by reading during a church service.
Every time Marco’s students get points, she gets one-tenth of those points. Her students have earned a total of 15,210 points, giving her 1,521, which earned her a first diamond.
Marco had gone up eight levels before reaching diamond rank.
“It proves I’ve been working with my kids and they have been successful,” Marco said.
The minimum time for speech coaches to reach a diamond level has been five years.
Marco explained this is possible in larger school districts, because the more students coached, the more points they receive, and the more the coach receives.
Additional diamonds accrue at 3,000, 6,000, and 10,000 points and each 3,000 points thereafter, according to the National Forensic League.
In June, Marco will be recognized in Birmingham, AL and her award will be listed in in the National Forensic League publication, “The Rostrum.”
With the National Forensic League come prestige for the students who are involved by being part of an academic organization.
Being an National Forensic League member looks good on the students’ college applications, even on resumés, according to Marco.
“It shows they’ve worked hard,” Marco said of students acquiring points through the National Forensic League.
For more information about the National Forensic League, visit www.nflonline.org.