WHS Senior Earns Debate Academic All-American Award

Westlake High School senior Shawn Walls earned the National Speech and Debate Association’s Academic All-American Award.

The Academic All American award recognizes academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success, and personal excellence. Fewer than 500 students of the more than 141,000 who qualify receive his award. This places Shawn in the top half of 1 percent of all student members nationally. He will receive a certificate.

Shawn has 914 speaker points, placing him in the Superior Distinction Category. He is active with the Boy Scouts and will be applying for Eagle Scout in the near future. He and his debate partner Valentina Wolf recently medaled in the State Debate Tournament, finishing in the Top 16 teams in the state.

“He shows outstanding character and leadership not only as an officer of the debate team, but also outside school,” said Speech and Debate Coach Amber Greene.