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Bemidji man receives diamond coaching award

BEMIDJI – The National Forensic League, the speech and debate honor society, announced Thomas Lucas as its newest diamond coach.

Lucas of Bemidji High School received the award after earning 1,506 points on Feb. 25.

A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. Coaches receive one-tenth of the points earned by their students and one-tenth of the points earned as a student member of the league. After a minimum of five years as a league member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; they receive a second diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, etc. Five years must pass between each diamond award.

On June 20, Lucas will receive special recognition at the Lincoln Financial Group/National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches, and parents from across the nation.

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