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McMerty wins section speech coach honor

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mcmertyJulie McMerty, Orono High School English teacher and speech team coach, has been named Section 2AA Speech Coach of the Year. Section coaches submit nominations and then vote on who should be honored.

McMerty will now be considered for the Minnesota Speech Coach of the Year, which is voted on by the membership of the Minnesota Speech Coaches Association.

McMerty has built a strong speech program at OHS. This year alone, the team won its sixth consecutive Wright County Conference championship (following 12 years of domination by Dassel-Cokato), placed second in Section 2AA and sent nine students to state competition.

The OHS speech team also received national recognition, earning a First Diamond degree of membership in the National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society. The honor is based on students’ speech and debate presentations, competition and service. The team will be recognized at the 2017 National Speech & Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, in June.

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