Steven Schappaugh Inducted into NSDA Hall of Fame

Roosevelt graduate and Pinterest Founder Ben Silberman and Roosevelt principal Steven Schappaugh were honored by the National Speech and Debate Association.

管家婆精选二肖二码 cohosted a successful 2024 National Speech and Debate Tournament in June, but the district is even more proud to share that during this worldwide event, Roosevelt High School principal Steven Schappaugh became the youngest person ever inducted into the National Speech and Debate Assocation Hall of Fame.

Schappaugh shared the spotlight with Ben Silberman – founder of Pinterest and Roosevelt graduate – who was honored with the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.

The NSDA shared the following news release about Schappaugh’s achievement on Monday, June 24.


Steven Schappaugh, three-diamond coach and Principal at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Iowa was officially inducted into the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 16 at the 2024 National Speech & Debate Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

鈥淪teve has impacted the lives of thousands of students, teachers, and coaches across the country,鈥 said Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. 鈥淗e has made a lasting impact in the speech and debate community, and we are honored to recognize him in the Hall of Fame.鈥

Steve is best known for his determination to create opportunities for young scholars to achieve their best, even in situations where they may be at a disadvantage. Steve is the champion of all coaches with a personal drive for expanding opportunities and creating connections.

Steve鈥檚 competitive journey in speech and debate has been at the highest level of achievement at every program he has worked. His coaching took him from Iowa to North Carolina, and then to Florida, where he concluded his coaching career at Nova Southeastern University School in Fort Lauderdale.

While at University School, his team won multiple School of Excellence Awards in speech and debate and an Overall School of Excellence Award. Additionally, Steve has coached an NSDA national champion in Humorous Interpretation, TOC champions in Public Forum Debate, NSDA finalists in Congress and Storytelling, and semifinalists in numerous events. Steve鈥檚 programs have won several state championship titles, and he has coached over a dozen students to state championships in their events.

However, it is Steve鈥檚 work as a leader in the speech and debate community that makes his candidacy stand out. As NSDA district chair in Broward County, Steve helped bring county and state programs back and he mentored new and veteran coaches to improve the NSDA district tournament. Steve is the youngest person to ever be elected to the NSDA Board of Directors. Additionally, he has served on the Lincoln-Douglas Rules Committee and has spent many years on the NSDA National Tournament tabulation staff. Even in retirement, Steve is still an active leader, volunteer judge, and passionate advocate for this activity.

Induction into the NSDA Hall of Fame is the highest honor available to speech and debate coaches. With approximately 200 members, the Hall of Fame honors fewer than one percent of NSDA member coaches.

All NSDA member coaches are given the opportunity to nominate individuals who either have at least 25 years of speech and debate coaching experience or have retired from speech and debate coaching. Current Hall of Fame members and other distinguished speech and debate coaches are then given the opportunity to vote new candidates into the Hall of Fame each year. Learn more about the Hall of Fame at .

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About the National Speech & Debate Association
The National Speech & Debate Association is the authority on public speaking and debate in the United States. The Association builds the infrastructure for speech and debate competitions around the world by providing topics, educational resources, and training for students and coaches. For nearly 100 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has built a platform for youth voices that culminates in the National Tournament, the largest academic competition in the world. For more information, visit .