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Vocal skills talents preval
indebate, speech classes
Famous orator and author Mark
Twain once said, "It usually takes
more than three weeks to prepare a
good impromptu speech."
This paradoxical attitude may seem
familiar to Speech and Debate
Speakers are given time to prepare
for their assignments, but performing
requires poise and quick thinking. "It
lSpeech and Debatel improves the
student's thinking process," said
Debate and Speech II teacher, Mrs.
Speech also teaches the student to
express himself effectively. One pur-
pose of Speech is to allow the student
"to acquire the art of oral com-
munication," said Department
Chair-man, Mrs. Edelweiss Ames.
To acquire these characteristics,
the students must perform orations on
a wide range of subjects. "They do
speeches to inform, convince, per-
suade, inspire and entertain," added
The course's practicality does not
end with the acquisition of con-
fidence. It also offers lessons that can
be used in one's future experiences.
"Speech is a very rewarding class.
For example, you can make a good
impression on a job interview by ap-
plying what you learned in Speech,"
said Sophomore Susan Hillman.
Each Speech student has his own
reasons for taking the class. One
motive is that it is a prerequisite for
Debate is a class which is often
misinterpreted as a roomful of people
arguing about something of little im-
portance. "Debate is not just argu-
ment, and it's more structured than
discussion," explained Mrs. Boles.
The Debate squad was fewer in
236 I Speech!Debate
Class discussions were held in Speech located Frequent orations were a part of the
in the T-shacks. juniors Ed Mundy tries to routine in Speech classes Poised
make a point in a talk he's giving. Photo by podium Sophomore Molly Quigley
Scott Coleman. her duty Photo by Scott Coleman”