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DSHS Senior Honored by National Speech and Debate Association

November 4, 2019


Dripping Springs High School senior Campbell Melton has earned the degree of Premier Distinction from the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA), an honor society for high school speech and debate competitors.  

Premier Distinction is the NSDA’s highest rank in student membership and reflects sustained excellence in classroom activities, competition rounds, and service projects. Students may earn points in six separate categories: speech, debate, congress, service, district, and national.


As a junior Campbell placed fourth in the state in the Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking event, placed eighth in the state in the Congressional debate event, advanced to the semifinal congress round at the prestigious Tournament of Champions hosted by the University of Kentucky, and was named an NSDA All-American.

Campbell is only the second student from Dripping Springs High School to ever achieve the rank of Premier Distinction, joining Ryan Love who earned his degree in 2016.