Speak On It: Speech, English, Competition

November 22, 2017

2017 has been a year of change and reflection. Our world is simply not the same anymore. From politics to the environment, chaos has taken ahold of our moves and our conversation. Speech class has been that open space for open conversation this semester. As an educator my focus has been on tackling meaningful topics and making them real for each of our students. Students have worked on structure. Structure is the key to any effective speech. Structure has also generated a pillar of hope for a lot of students. By the end of the semester students should have the ability to speak on topics in a structured manner; a manner that is reflective of solid research and not simply convictions.

English class saw us finishing a unit on To Kill A Mockingbird, a book that stands the test of time and becomes even more relevant when the issue of race takes ahold of our airways. Students were able to write and speak on the validity of the issues presented in the book. Write tools allowed students to generate essays that echoed their feelings on these issues. Overall, it has been a very rewarding experience.

Speech team has begun practices. We have a busy next couple of months. Our hope this season is to keep putting Lexington on an intellectual map. We have a lot of good things to say. We want Nebraska to respect our input and we want an opportunity to take our voice to the national stage again. Our team has grown slightly and we hope our speech family also grows. By speech family I make reference to you: The readers and the followers of everything Lexington. We have a team with a voice and we hope to have a lot of people rooting for us.