Speech Team Kicks Off Year


Colby Menefee

Last Saturday, UIL Speech students traveled to Lindale to compete in their first meet of the year, the Eagle Forensic Classic.

“This was a great way to kick off the year,” junior Lilah Molina said. “It was awesome.”

Students say they feel hopeful about the year ahead.

“I feel like we have a team with great potential,” Molina said. “Everyone is excited.”

Several students were new to speech and were competing for the first time; a holding area full of other students competing was enough to ramp up the anxiety level.

“I’ve never done this before,” senior Zach White said, “I was very nervous.”

Others were competing in events that the team had never tried before.

“It was a really scary experience,” Molina said. “Even though we had prepared for weeks, we didn’t really know what to expect or what we were doing.”

In duet acting, Lilah Molina and Taylor Lack won first place, and Zach White and Tate Slaughter won fourth. In poetry, Ally Smith won first. Colby Menefee took first in Congress and fifth in Dramatic Interp; he also earned a gavel for being top novice Presiding Officer.

“I was very pleased with our results in Lindale,” Coach Melonie Menefee Said. “It was a very large meet with lots of very experienced teams.”

The team will compete in another tournament on October 8.

“I’m looking forward to another excellent meet,” Menefee said. “The two weeks in between gives us time to get a little more practice in.”