Racy Grant, currently serving as Assistant Principal at Prosper High School, was selected as the Texas representative by UIL and then selected as the National Award Recipient by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) as a debate coach for this area.
Each year the NFHS recognize outstanding high school speech, debate or theatre educators. One educator can be nominated by each state for this honor each year. Nominees must exemplify the highest standards of ethical conduct and carry the endorsement of their respective state high school association, for Texas that would be UIL. An NFHS awards committee reviews these state nominations and selects national award winners for each of the seven regions of the country. Criteria for evaluation include:
1. Overall contributions
2. Service both to curricular and co-curricular activities
3. Organization and continuance of an activity program
4. Significant and on-going contribution to the field
5. Contributions to the profession both in and out of the state
6. Current position of nominee
Nominees must be involved in secondary education or high school forensics. Focus should be on significant and/or long-term contributions to interscholastic speech, theatre or debate activities within each state or section; however, professional contributions within the past five years are of the utmost importance.
During her 18 years in education, Grant has coached more than 23 state medalists and multiple state champions. She has coached more than 20 national qualifiers to the NFL National Tournament where her teams achieved great national success. Racy has served as President of a regional Forensics organization as well as serving both the NFL and the UIL as an official at their National and State tournaments. Throughout the years, Racy has served as a mentor teacher to many young teachers and coaches throughout the state and worked with the Texas Speech Communication Association in multiple leadership roles to further the development of speech education in Texas schools.