By Bailey Metcalf
The West High Speech and Debate Team has five qualifiers to compete in Nationals to represent Tennessee. The team has worked really hard in order to reach this great achievement. This is the first time that West High School has had a freshman qualify for Nationals.
The five qualifiers are:
Emory Starcher (Senior) --2nd Duo/3rd Humorous Interp
Cayden Keltgen (Junior) --2nd Duo/2nd Humorous Interp
Rylee Linkous (Junior) --6th Dramatic Interp
Kimber Strumski (Sophomore) --3rd Dramatic Interp
Delaney. Miksa (Freshman) --6th Program Oral Interp
Speech and Debate qualifiers have until June to prepare for Nationals. The National Competition was supposed to be held in Des Moines, Iowa; however, due to Covid-19, the team will be competing online. Every competition this year has been held online.
Mrs. Suzanne Terry, the students’ mentor, is very proud of her students. She said, “I am so proud of their determination, grit, and for not giving up when things become challenging. They are without a doubt some of the kindest students I have ever taught! We are so excited to have the very first freshman for West qualify to Nationals!”