Five Upper St. Clair High School students recently earned Academic All-American Awards from the National Speech and Debate Association.

Seniors Vivek Babu, Basir Khan, Alex Lampe and Anusha Neupane and junior Maddie Nolen have been honored for their academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success and personal excellence.

To earn the honor, students must meet these minimum requirements: 3.5 unweighted GPA; 1300 SAT or 27 ACT score; and 750 National Forensic League Honor Society Points. From more than 141,000 student members of the National Speech & Debate Association, fewer than 1 percent of students earn the Academic All-American Award each year.

The Upper St. Clair students join five classmates who were recognized as Academic All-Americans last fall: seniors Claire Chen, Devan Ekbote, Mathena Jencka, Sunny Chai and Anika Sinha.