Brennan Costello earns NFL’s highest rank
Brennan Costello, a 2011 graduate of Gothenburg High School, has earned the degree of premier distinction from the National Forensic League.
It’s the league’s highest degree of membership, in recognition of sustained excellence in speech and debate activities.
The achievement places Costello, and others who earned the distinction, among the top half of one percent of NFL’s student members.
GHS speech adviser Dan Jensen said NFL members earn points for every round of competition year-round.
“The better they place in the round, the more points they receive,” he explained.
Jensen said factors that contributed to the NFL honor were the number of events Brennan participated in over four years on the speech team, the number of contests he attended and how well he placed in his rounds.
Service activities also counted, including non-competition public performances such as at Rotary Club, Women’s Auxiliary, Comedy Night, and more.
Jensen said Costello also did “student judging” when mentoring younger speech students.
He added that participating in speech helps students organize thoughts and think critically.
“It is something that also looks good on a resume,” Jensen said.
Perhaps the greatest asset to participating in speech to the level Costello did, he said, is that it helps increase confidence and the ability to communicate with and relate to adults and peers.
The NFL promotes high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student’s essential life skills and values.
More than 112,000 high school and middle school students, representing more than 2,800 high schools and nearly 100 middle schools, are members.