Kaelin Travis, Dynesha Pollard, Demond Jenkins, Jonathan March and Shakirra Stokes listen in in class during the skit.
For the first time in NR Burger Speech and Debate, a student placed in finals with their Dramatic Interpretation piece. Madison Cathey (pictured) placed 3rd in Novice Dramatic/Humorous Interpretation at the Oak Grove Warrior Invitational. This is the second time this year that Cathey has placed at a high school tournament, the first being taking sixth place in Novice Poetry Interpretation at Petal High School. Cathey also broke semifinals in Novice Prose at the Oak Grove tournament.
Cathey was not the only student to shine at the Oak Grove Warrior Invitational. Raven Griffith, Andrew Kinnell and Yavainy Garraway all made it to semifinals at their first speech and debate competition in Novice Prose. Griffith, Kinnell and Garraway are all seventh graders and Oak Grove was their first speech and debate tournament. Gayden Hence, Jarrell Spight and Erin Williams all made it to semifinals in Novice Dramatic/Humorous Interpretation bringing the total number of NR Burger students to break to semis up to eight, a record for NR Burger Speech and Debate. NR Burger was the only middle school speech and debate team at the tournament.
“This group of seventh and eighth graders is one of the most dedicated groups I have had come through this program,” Coach Rachel Clapper said. “They work hard and their dedication shows when they do so well at these tournaments”
The NR Burger Speech and Debate Team now prepares to compete at the Hub City Classic which is hosted at home by the Hattiesburg High School Speech and Debate Team.