MHS sophomore qualifies for national debate tournament

Marshalltown High School sophomore Abby Snyder has qualified for the National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament June 10-15 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This is Snyder’s second year qualifying for the national tournament in legislative debate. Her national bid was earned at the East Iowa District Congress tournament held Saturday, March 24, at Davenport West High School. Snyder was one of more than 30 students participating in the district competition. A total 107 district tournaments were held nationwide to choose the 3,200 students eligible to compete at the national level.

Top performers take home more than $200,000 in college scholarships. For more information, visit the tournament website:

Anyone wishing to support Snyder and the Marshalltown Forensic team can do so by making a donation to Marshalltown High School, c/o Dr. J. Hawk, 1602 S. 2nd Avenue, Marshalltown, IA 50158.

For more information, contact Dr. Hawk at

About the National Forensic League

The National Forensic League (NFL) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student’s essential life skills and values. More than 112,000 high school and middle school students, representing more than 2,900 schools nationwide, are currently building their communication, leadership, cognitive, and presentational skills as members. Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL. For more information, visit