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Southland College Prep’s Speech Team Places Well In Early Meets

Southland College Prep 2017 Speech Team
Southland College Prep’s Varsity Speech team celebrates honors it earned in opening tournaments of the 2017-18 season: (l. to r. front row) Savannah Taffe, Mar’Keia Kellogg, Armanti Reed, Jalen Causey, Alayna Hester. Victoria Dean and Dejah Morris. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Richton Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Southland College Prep Charter High School’s speech team launched its 2017-18 season taking top honors in both novice and varsity events.

At the Downers Grove North High School Mixer Tournament November 4, Dejah Morris and Victoria Dean took first place in dramatic duet acting. Morris also placed second in oratorical declamation. Jalen Causey took second place in prose reading.

Eight team members were finalists in the meet and when the final scores were tallied Southland College Prep placed third in the tournament which drew some of the top speech teams in the state of Illinois.

At Eisenhower High School’s Early Bird Novice Invitational tournament, also on November 4, five Southland first-time speech competitors were finalists and Nyah Ware was the tournament champion for impromptu speaking.

Alexis Eiland and Autumn Johnson placed second in dramatic duet acting and

Lauren Jenkins placed fourth in informative speaking.

Earlier this fall, three Southland College Prep first-time speech competitors placed third in Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s Novice tournament. They were: Roderick Carbins in oratorical declamation; Nyah Ware in impromptu speaking and

Tyler Rapp in informative speaking.

Alexis Eiland and Autumn Johnson placed fourth in dramatic duet acting.

“Southland’s speech team, under the leadership of Cheryl Frazier, director of forensics and theatre, continues to showcase our strength in the performing arts.

“This season’s schedule is both challenging and competitive but we’re very encouraged by our strong performance in the early invitational tournaments,” said Frazier.

”We are very focused on the goal of ensuring that every student reaches his or her potential. With desire and commitment will come growth, poise and self-confidence –- qualities which have been and continue to be strengthened by speech competition,” Frazier added.

Three new coaches have been added to the Southland College Prep speech staff this year. Johan Mackey, Stephanie Saintyl and Michelle Perkins join veteran coaches Lauren Wells, Alesha Alexander and Darius Leaks, Frazier said.