Apple Valley High School was named a School of Outstanding Distinction at the 2015 National Speech and Debate Associations Grand National Tournament in Dallas, Texas. Only ten schools are recognized as a School of Outstanding Distinction based on performance at the tournament.
In speech, representing AVHS at nationals this year were Grace Hoffa in Extemporaneous Speaking, Stephanie Kahle in Humorous Interpretation and Cassie Edwards in Dramatic Interpretation. Jane Michaelson and Moti Begna advanced to the Top 60 in Original Oratory, while Tessa Dahlgren and Trevor Taylor advanced to Top 30 in Duo Interpretation. Naomi Seleshi made it to semi-finals with an 11th place overall finish. Duo partners Claire Doty and Lauren Troldahl also advanced to semi-finals with a 10th place overall finish. This automatically qualified Doty and Troldahl to the NSDA National Tournament next year. Additionally, senior Keiaireyona Brown broke to the national final round of Oratory, taking second place overall.
In debate, Margo Sanders represented AVHS in World School Debate, and Claire Hoffa advanced to out rounds in Lincoln Douglas.