Eighteen members of the Durham Academy speech and debate team competed in the National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament June 14–20. The qualifiers — who competed online due to the COVID-19 pandemic — earned a slew of individual honors, as well as team recognition as a School of Outstanding Distinction
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