Roosevelt Debate Team Members Named All-Americans

Roosevelt High School learned today that a current and former member of the school’s Debate Team – Lily Nellans and Nathan Leys – have been named a National Forensic League All American for the 2012-13 school year.

NFL All Americans represent the top 25 national point leaders in debate out of more 120,000 students who participate across the nation.

Lily Nellans is currently a senior at Roosevelt, and is the top-ranked debater in the nation in her category so far this year.  Last year she won the Extemporaneous category at the Harvard National Invitational Speech and Debate tournament, and finished fifth at the NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament.

Nathan Leys is a 2013 Roosevelt graduate who is attending George Mason University on a debate scholarship.  He was the 2013 national champion in the International Extemporaneous category at the NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament.

Last year Roosevelt High also earned the School of Distinction Award, the highest team award presented by the National Forensic League.

“To place among the very best League students is a tribute to your talent, hard work, and dedication,” said J. Scott Wunn, executive director of the National Forensic League. “All of these elements are indispensable in achieving such a significant accomplishment.”