Hattiesburg High Senior Jarrius Adams was named the 2015 National Speech and Debate Association William Woods Tate STUDENT OF THE YEAR at the NSDA National Championships and HHS Forensics was also named a School of Excellence for the third time in four years!
Senior Jarrius Adams finished 4th in the nation in Dramatic Interpretation and Sophomore Derek Collins finished a semifinalist in Humorous Interpretation.
Hattiesburg Public Schools is the only institution in the country that has had two students named Student of the Year (Cory Williams, 2010). Also, no other school in Mississippi has ever received even one NSDA School of Excellence award and HHS now has three in the last five years! HHS has also had a student in the final round of the national championship tournament 4 out of the last 5 years, also unprecedented.
The NSDA School of Excellence award is presented to the top 20 schools competing at the national championships where over 3,500 students compete representing hundreds of schools from across the nation.