MOORE — The Westmoore High School Speech and Debate Team had 21 students compete at the recent Regional Speech & Debate Tournament held at Putnam City North High School.
During the tournament, high school students who had earned top honors at qualifying tournaments throughout the school year from across the region competed in competitive acting, public speaking and debating events for the honor to participate at the State Speech and Debate Tournament.
Westmoore High School Speech and Debate Team had two students achieve 6A Regional Champion honors. Samantha Manning earned 6A Regional Champion honors for Original Oratory. Zoe McKee earned 6A Regional Champion honors for Humorous Interpretation.
In the Humorous Interpretation event, Westmoore High School students swept top honors with Jillian Buxton earning second place runner-up status and Samantha Manning earning third place. Additional Westmoore performances earned the honor to compete at the State Speech and Debate Tournament and include: Grady Milligan, Dramatic Interpretation; Taelyr Jackson and Jillian Buxton, Dramatic Duet; Zoe McKee, Monologue; and Zoe McKee and Jillian Buxton, Humorous Duet.
Westmoore students also were recognized as alternates for the state tournament. State alternates include: Sesily Monday, Humorous Interpretation; Daraja Stewart, Monologue; Caroline Shepard, Poetry; and Christian Davis and Alicia Sell, Humorous Duet.
For these students to continue to participate in Speech and Debate tournaments funds are needed. Future performances will raise funds for the Westmoore Speech and Debate Team. Four performance nights showcasing this year’s award winning performances will be held at Westmoore High School Lecture Center at 7 p.m. on April 25; May 9; and May 20.
Ticket can be purchased the night of the events. Adult tickets are $5 and student tickets are $2. For more information on how to financially support the speech and debate team, call Eden Manning, speech and debate team booster, at 245-8025.