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PHS Speech team making Districts history

Finalists at Speech Districts. Photos taken by Emma Skaggs.

On Saturday, March 2, the PHS Speech team competed in Districts at Rolla, making history.

The PHS Speech team had 14 total entrees, some kids being double-entered. Each member of the team competed in 2 preliminary rounds with 2 judges each, then if they advanced, they made it to finals. From finals, they hold awards for how those kids placed and who made state.

While some of the team members were double-entered, they competed extremely well.

The PHS speech team had a wonderful season with many good memories made. During the season many team members got their first 1 scoring and many made finals in their first year. 

This year was a lot of the team members’ first year in a speech, and many of the first-year members made finals.

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The team was very excited to go to districts and was even more excited to go to state. The PHS Speech team has made history by getting 1st place Sweeps twice in one season. They have also made history by multiple kids making state in one year. 

Down below is how each student placed in their respective events and how they’ve placed. Congratulations to everyone who competed.

Olivia Manning 


Kalissa Myers

Original Oratory

Aaron Thompson

US Extemp

Andrea Stewart

International Extemp

Emma Skaggs

Dramatic Interpretation

Khylee Luther 3rd place


Aaron Thompson 6th place

Duet Acting

Allison Land and Magnum McCormack 3rd place and going to state!


Allison Land 1st place and going to state!

Humorous Interpretation

Noelle Porter 1st place and going to state!

Prose Reading

Noelle Porter 1st place and going to state!

Duo Interpretation

Macy Saunders and Odie Jackers 1st place and going to state!

We are very proud of the amazing season the PHS Speech team has had this year and hope their next years to come. Next up for the team is State.

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Emma Skaggs
Emma Skaggs, Reporter
Hi, my name is Emma Skaggs and I am a 17 year old senior. My activities in school include choir, FCCLA, FTA, college ambassadors, speech team , crew/stagecraft, drama club and art club. My activities outside of school is collecting things and bracelet making.

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