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Distinguished Finalist

Erin Keene

Henderson, Nevada

Erin Keene, 18, of Henderson, Nevada, a member of the Girls Scouts of Southern Nevada and a senior at Ed W. Clark High School, wrote a speech and debate handbook called “Speak UP,” outlining rules for individual events, video examples, tips for success and other helpful information for new competitors and programs; she then distributed physical and digital copies to debate programs in her community. Erin was inspired to start this project to provide information and resources to students in schools without robust debate programs.