Monday, March 7, 2011

Twenty-two high school compete in speech tournament

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Heated debates and dramatic flair overran the University Center this weekend.

Southeast’s Department of Communication Studies hosted the regional high school Speech, Debate, and Theatre Tournament. Twenty-two teams participated.

Shalyn Fleague, a senior from Ste. Genevieve High School, does a dramatic prose about a girl who gets a heart transplant and thinks she can feel what the original owner felt. She says the audience gets to experience, through her performance, different emotions like torment and happiness.

“Watching people’s faces when I perform. They’re like wow. They have the face of amazement like ‘this quiet person sitting over there gets up’ and they’re like WHAT,” Fleague said.

While many of the students were worried about how they would do, most had a positive outlook. Most said that they had developed better public speaking skills as a result and more confidence. 

Rachel Weatherford, KRCU


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