Welcome to the new year here at Eaglecrest! I hope you all had a restful and fun-filled summer and that you are re-energized and excited to take on our 2014-2015 competitive season. I am so excited to spend the year working with you and seeing you grow!
Our 2013-2014 competitive year came to a close in June when two members of our team attended Nationals in Overland Park, KS. Jack Fenimore, '15, competed in preliminary rounds of Student Congress, and ranked in the top 150 of 800 competitors in supplemental Extemp Debate. Taylor Cozort, '15, was a finalist in the Light the Stage spoken-word competition and preformed in a showcase round prior to the award ceremony to a live audience of 3,000 (plus the event was streamed live online). We also had several students qualify to compete at the State Speech Tournament in March--Jordanne Stobbs-Vergara, '15, competed in Lincoln Douglas debate and Simon Menso, '15, and Kiana Phillips, '15, competed in Public Forum debate. These seniors have a lot of passion for what we do, and they are excited to create a lasting legacy on our team and to pass on their experiences.
Even though we often compete as individuals, it is as a team that we will truly make an impact--each and every member of our team accomplished some incredible things over the course of the year, whether they were novices participating in their first tournaments or graduating seniors ending their Speech career. I'm so proud of what our team--and every individual member--achieved.
Last year was a year of transition and growth for our team, and this year I expect us to continue increasing our numbers and becoming more competitive in the metro Denver Speech circuit, while growing closer as a team.
I could not be happier that you've expressed interest in joining EHS Speech & Debate or that you are continuing your involvement. Participating in speech and debate activities will help you discover and practice skills that will benefit you far beyond your four years of high school. Plus, you'll have a lot of fun along the way.
This year's team information packets and involvement forms are available in hard copy from me, as well as digitally on the Forms, Documents, and Information page. At this point, the tournament calendar for the year has not been released; as soon as I have our calendar compiled, it will be available in hard copy and digitally, as well.
Again, welcome to our team--and to the EHS Speech & Debate family! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns at any point in time. Here's to a great year!