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January 13-14, 2012: 6A 2-Speaker Debate Champions

January 6-7, 2012: First Place, Kansas Debate Coaches' Invitational

January 6-7, 2012: Top (1st) Speaker Award, Kansas Coaches' Invitational

December 3, 2011: Qualified for CFL National Competitions (to be held in Baltimore, MD, May 25-27, 2012)

Runner-up 6A Kansas Debate State Tournament (January 2011). Qualified for the Catholic Forensics League Grand National Tournament held in May 2011 in Washington, DC; Won 4th place. Qualified for the National Forensics League (NFL) Tournament held in June 2011 in Dallas, TX
Honor Society Membership
NFL's Highest Ranking
  • National Forensic League (NFL) Press Release, February 20, 2012: "Ideen Saiedian, under the guidance of coach Adrianne G. Fortune, has earned the degree of Premier Distinction --- the National Forensic League's highest degree of student membership. A degree of Premier Distinction reflects sustained excellence in classroom activities, completion rounds, and service projects. A total of 96 high school students earned the degree of Premier Distinction ... placing them among the top half of one percent of NFL Student members."

  • The NFL letter to Dr. Tony Lake

State Debate Championship (January 2012)
  • January 13-14, 2012: First Place Award, 6A Two-Speaker Debate Competitions

Ideen Saiedian Kansas State Debate Competition Award 2012
DCI First Place Award (January 2012)
  • January 6-7, 2012: First Place Award, Kansas Debate Coaches' Invitational Competitions

  • Seven (7) wins, no losses (unprecedented in the Blue Valley tournament participation history)
DCI Top Speaker Award (January 2012)
  • January 6-7, 2012: Top (1st) Speaker Award, Kansas Debate Coaches' Invitational Competitions

Ideen Saiedian Kansas CDI Competition Top Speaker Award 2012

Qualified for CFL National Competitions
  • December 3, 2011: Qualified for National Catholic Forensic League National Competitions (to be held in Baltimore, MD, May 25-27, 2012

Kansas Honors Scholar (November 2011)
  • Recognized as a Kansas Honors Scholar "a distinction for this high school senior whose consistent record of superior academic achievement merits recognition as outstanding in the state of Kansas" (acknowledging top 10% ranking of the graduating seniors, Class of 2012, State of Kansas)

Ideen Saiedian Kansas Honors Scholar

2nd Place in State Debate Competitions
  • Runner-up 6A Kansas Debate State Tournament (January 2011). The award was presented to the Blue Valley West Principal, Dr. Tony Lake on January 21, 2011.

Ideen Saiedian and Dr. Tony Lake Dabate Award

CFL National Quarterfinalist (2011)
  • 4th Place CFL Grand National Tournament, May 2011, Washington, DC

  • Qualified for the National Forensics League (NFL) Tournament, June 13-18, 2011 in Dallas, TX.
Columbia University Book Award
  • Living Legacies at Columbia. Special award, presented during the spring 2011 Honors and Awards Ceremony because of "demonstrated an ability to combine outstanding
    • Academic achievement;
    • Personal character;
    • Extra-curricular contributions to the school; and
    • Accomplishment in and dedication to a field of personal interest meriting special recognition."

Columbia-University Ideen Saiedian Award

National Competitions
  • Qualified for the Catholic Forensics League Grand National Tournament that will be held in May 28-30, 2011 in Washington, DC.

  • Qualified for the National Forensics League (NFL) Tournament to be held in June 13-18, 2011 in Dallas, TX.

Policy Debate and Forensic Awards
  • Top 25 at NFL National Tournament (Policy Debate) in Dallas, Texas – June 2011

  • 4th Place at CFL National Tournament (Policy Debate) in Washington DC – May 2011

  • Runner-up 6A Kansas 2-Speaker State Tournament (Policy Debate) – January 2011

  • 2nd Speaker and 7th Place at Kansas Debate Coaches Invitational (Policy Debate) – January 2011

  • Qualified for NFL National Tournament (Policy Debate) – December 2010

  • Qualified for CFL Grand National Tournament (Policy Debate) – December 2010

  • Qualified for NFL National Tournament (Lincoln-Douglas Debate) – June 2010

  • Qualified for Kansas Debate Coaches Invitational (Policy Debate) – January 2010

  • Qualified for NFL National Tournament (Public Forum Debate) in Birmingham, Alabama – June 2009

Media Appearances/Citation
  • January 26, 2012: Blue Valley West Spotlight ("Debate Takes State")

  • January 17, 2012: BVWNews ("Debate Team Takes State")

  • January 28, 2011: The Johnson County Sun

  • February 23, 2011, The Johnson County Sun

  • January 2010: Blue Valley West Spotlight

  • September 17, 2009: Blue Valley West Spotlight

  • April/May 2009: The Jagwire

  • March 4, 2009: Blue Valley West Spotlight

  • December 10, 2008: Blue Valley West Spotlight

Honors
  • Senior Honors: Principal's Honor Roll, Varsity Letter in Forensics, Letter in Academics, Scholarships

  • Junior Honors: Principal's Honor Roll, Departmental Award in Performing Arts, Columbia University Book Award, Varsity Letter in Forensics, Letter in Academics

  • Sophomore Honors: Principal's Honor Roll, Top Sophomore Debater in Grade, 3rd Top Debater in School, Departmental Award in Performing Arts, Varsity Letter in Debate, Varsity Letter in Forensics, Letter in Academics

  • Freshman Honors: Principal's Honor Roll, Top Novice Debate, Top Novice Forensics, Departmental Award in Performing Arts, Varsity Letter in Debate, Varsity Letter in Forensics, NFL National Qualifier (debate)

Principal's Honor Roll
  • Senior Year (12th Grade)

  • Junior Year (11th Grade)

  • Sophomore Year (10th Grade)

  • Freshman Year (9th Grade)

Publication
  • Ideen Saiedian, "A Trail of Tears, We Smile", in A Celebration of Poets, Creative Communication Press, 2011 (ISBN: 978-1-60050-413-6).


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