Hall of Fame

The members of the Hall of Fame certainly would agree that the honor of their induction is shared with the many students they have served through the years, just as the honors their students are shared with their loyal coaches. Just as assuredly, their students would attest to the generosity of those who have given of their time, treasure, and talents in preparing thousands of young people for productive citizenship and life-long success. Likewise, they would be humbled to share the honor with the countless other teachers and volunteers who joined them in the task. Candidates for the Hall of Fame are nominated by Leagues and voted on by CHSSA council members, leagues, and other Hall of Fame members not currently on the council. Below you will find information about our many CHSSA Hall of Fame honorees, as well as video interviews where they discuss their time as a coach/educator.

CLICK HERE for all of the Hall of Fame interviews in one place. 

 

Nominate a Coach for the Hall of Fame

Can you think of a coach who is changing lives through speech and debate? Have they devoted 15 years to this activity? Here’s your chance to nominate them for the hall of fame. Using the form below, petition your local speech and debate league to nominate the coach who you think deserves this award.

2022 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Congratulations to our 202s CHSSA Hall of Fame Inductees:

STEVE CLEMMONS

LEXY GREEN

2021-2025

2021 Honoree


2022 Honorees

2021-2025

2021 Honoree

2022 Honorees

2016-2020

2016 Honoree


2017 Honoree


2020 Honoree

 

2010-2015
2005-2009

Donovan Cummings Service-Above-Self Award

 Each year one person is selected by the executive council to receive this award named after CHSSA’s first historian, Donovan Cummings. This award is given to someone who goes above and beyond in service to others, and in supporting forensics throughout the state of California. Recipients of this award show a willingness to do the hard work, sacrifice, and help without desire for recognition or thanks. 

Past Winners

  • 2010 – Gay Brasher
  • 2011 – Ron Underwood
  • 2012 – Rita Prichard
  • 2013 – Nermin Fraser
  • 2014 – Hoon Ko
  • 2016 – Mikendra McCoy
  • 2017 – Matt Fraser
  • 2018 – Karson Kalashian
  • 2019 – Terry Abad
  • 2021 – Tommie Lindsey

CHSSA Awards and Hall of Fame

Since its founding the California High School Speech Association has been the community gathering place for thousands of competitors and coaches who have represented the best that California speech and debate has to offer. In this community of excellence there are coaches and competitors who have proven themselves in their acts of service, through their excellence in competition, and in their commitment to speech and debate. To recognize these incredible students and coaches CHSSA has developed the CHSSA Hall of Fame, and other awards. Learn how to nominate for these awards, and past winners below. 

Award

Donovan Cummings’ Service Above Self Award

 

Each year one person is selected by the executive council to receive this award named after CHSSA’s first historian, Donovan Cummings. This award is given to someone who goes above and beyond in service to others in speech and debate, and in supporting the teaching, practicing, and learning of the activity throughout the state of California. Recipients of this award show a willingness to do the hard work, sacrifice, and help without desire for recognition or thanks. 

Nomination

Representatives of the California High School Speech Association state board nominate deserving candidates. 

Selection

The CHSSA executive committee reviews all nominees contributions to speech and debate in CA, and selects a recipient.

Donovan Cummings Service Above Self Award Winners 

2010 – Gay Brasher

2011 – Ron Underwood

2012 – Rita Prichard

2013 – Nermin Fraser

2014 – Hoon Ko

2016 – Mikendra McCoy

2017 – Matt Fraser

2018 – Karson Kalashian

2019 – Terry Abad

2021 – Tommie Lindsey

Student of the Year

Selected WHEN EACH YEAR

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE

The student of the year award is selected from students across the state of California who have been nominated by their speech and debate coach. These students, in their final year of competition, have utilized their speech and debate skills in order to better themselves, their teams, their communities, and have fought to build a better future for California. 

CHSSA Hall of Fame

Multiple Nominees Can Be Inducted Each Year

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE NOMINATION PROCESS

The members of the Hall of Fame certainly would agree that the honor of their induction is shared with the many students they have served through the years, just as the honors their students are shared with their loyal coaches. Just as assuredly, their students would attest to the generosity of those who have given of their time, treasure, and talents in preparing thousands of young people for productive citizenship and life-long success. Candidates for the Hall of Fame are nominated by Leagues and voted on by CHSSA council, leagues, and other Hall of Fame members not currently on the council. 

2021-2025

2021 Honoree


2022 Honorees

2021-2025

2021 Honoree

2022 Honorees

2016-2020

2016 Honoree


2017 Honoree


2020 Honoree

 

2010-2015
2005-2009
2000-2004

Checkout Our Video Interviews of Past Years’ Hall of Fame Inductees

Former CHSSA Historian, Hall of Fame member, and Service Above Self Service Award winner, and founding member of the California High School Speech Association Donovan Cummings began the practice of interviewing new Hall of Fame coaches as they were inducted in order to preserve the talent, history, and legacy of these coaches who were given the highest honor within our organization. CHSSA Historians since Mr. Cummings have continued this tradition of collecting Hall of Fame interviews as new coaches are inducted.