Alivia Graddy, Jayson Orr, and Ethan Winders earned ninth place in Broadcast Journalism at the Missouri State Speech Competition this past week in Springfield, Mo.
Congratulations also goes to Harley Young and Kiera Hayden for their performances at the state speech tournament. While they did not advance to finals, Harley achieved a second place ranking in her first round room and Kiera received a third place ranking in her second round room, which reaffirms their status as two of the top speech competitors in the state.
In the past year, the Van-Far Speech Team has grown by more than half, with now 14 students. There were three more tournaments participated in during 2018-19. There were 52 individual medals in comparison to last year only having 11. This year’s Van-Far Speech became EMO Conference Champions, having placed third last year. There were seven district finalists compared to last year’s three. They were the top five of the District 2 teams, and this year, the Van-Far Speech Team had two state qualifiers, compared to last year having one.