UIL Speech team upset over turnout

UIL Speech 2018

UIL Speech 2018

Declyn Shelton, Staff Writer

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On March 28th, the UIL Speech team headed out to competition, but it didn’t go as hoped. Unfortunately, none of the students advanced to finals in prose or poetry, but Jacqueline Velasquez placed 5th in persuasive speaking. Crista Payne, coach of the speech teams, was upset with the turnout but enjoyed the time she spent getting to know and teach the students.

“I absolutely loved coaching these teams. The kids are so amazing to work with – and they teach me things along the way too,” said Mrs. Payne.

Although the competition did not turn out as she hoped, Mrs. Payne is already looking forward to next year and is thinking of ways to improve. One obstacle that has been hard to work around is student involvement in other activities.

“It’s a challenge when my competitors are involved in so many other activities, but we can do this!” Payne said. “We will not give up!”