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The SHS speech team stops for a photo after celebrating a successful competition.

The SHS speech team stops for a photo after celebrating a successful competition.

Ms. Seul

The SHS speech team stops for a photo after celebrating a successful competition.

Ms. Seul

Ms. Seul

The SHS speech team stops for a photo after celebrating a successful competition.

Abigail Thomas, Scribe Reporter

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Over the past few seasons, the SHS speech team has undergone coaching changes, new additions, and event changes, and this year’s team returns with the same high expectations.

During competitions, the team competes in various speech related events. Speech is not simply about talking; there are specific events such impromptu speaking, informative speaking, radio speaking, poetry and prose sharing, humorous duet acting and more. Within many strong teams, in the area, the Saxons are pushed to improve.

This year, the team’s main focus is on building upon small successes. Rather than focusing on entering students in multiple events, the team is working to make students feel confident in one event before becoming involved in multiple events. Freshman Araha Uday earned first place in multiple events the Conant Classic. With individuals placing in recent events, the team hopes to increase team success.

Ms. Seul returns as head coach, along with assistants Mr. Cedeno and Mr. Connor. Ms. Seul has made some specific changes in her coaching style.

“This season, I have tried to facilitate more activities that allow for all members of the team to bond and promote friendships amongst the students,” Ms. Seul stated.

With coaching changes, the team has continued to improve.

Incoming members brings change and variety in the team every year. New people lead to participation in different events and different dynamics within the team.

“I like how it gives me something to be a part of and to be committed to,” sophomore Maura Zimmerman, a new addition to the team, explains. “I wish I could change the time of the tournaments and try to get more people involved, however.”  Maura participates in radio speaking, an event where the participant imitates a radio broadcaster.

In another event, impromptu, a participant gets random quotes to expand on. They then must deliver an eight minute speech on the quotes and their expansions.

Nicole Vela, a junior, is also a member of the speech team. She’s excited that there is an event that works with her; “I am excited for speech since I’m now doing impromptu.”

“Speech is a very competitive environment, but the fact that we are still able to have team spirit is impressive,” veteran speaker Venya Joshi says. “I like that there is something for everyone, and we aren’t all pushed into a mold. I also like the supportive atmosphere that comes with speech.”

The speech team is a tight-knit group of members who work together to do the best in their event. Every year, the team becomes better, and the entire team is excited to bring the competition to each tournament.

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