Rep. Doug Welton wins Outstanding Speech Coach Award

Doug Welton, debate coach at Salem Hills High, was selected by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Speech Advisory Committee to receive a Section award representing five states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Only eight Section awards are given throughout the United States.

Jon Oglesby representing the UHSAA said, “Congratulations to Doug for winning the Outstanding Speech Coach Award for the 2021-22 school year. Thank you, Doug, for your outstanding service to our state.”

NFHS services to music, speech, debate and theatre programs include instructional video packages, regional clinics, music adjudication forms, speech and debate booklets and coordination of the selection of the national high school debate topic.

The NFHS also coordinates two professional associations, the NFHS Speech, Debate and Theatre Association – an association for directors of speech, theatre and debate programs, and the NFHS Music Association – an association for individuals who direct high school music programs and adjudicate high school music contests and festivals. These membership programs offer a yearly publication, coordination of high school and college training programs, an awards program and liability insurance coverage while conducting related activities.

The NFHS works closely with other national organizations which regulate and coordinate fine arts activities.