Coaches: Jennifer Kulm and Jessica Ellingson
January - March
What types of speech will I be doing?
There are many different categories to choose from. We will be placing you in one category that will be determined by your interest, ability, and experience. You will stay in that category for the whole year. Categories are:
How is a speech prepared?
Weekly coachings with Ms. Ellingson or Ms. Kulm will guide the students to success. A student may choose to have the same time every week or to sign up weekly. The time slots will be twenty minutes long. One day a week will be strongly recommended for all students during December to choose and cut scripts, research and outline public speaking topics, or write creative speeches. This will enable us to begin tournaments in February.
What is a Speech tournament like?
Most speech meets take place on Saturdays. There are usually three preliminary rounds at a tournament, which means the student will present the speech three different scheduled times. The student is scheduled to speak with five to eight other people. The judge will also listen to the student. The judge will award a ranking and a score. The three judges' results will be tabulated and the top eight people will compete in a final round to determine top award winners. Annandale will host an early bird speech tournament in early February. The public is invited to attend invitational meets.
What are the expectations of Annandale Speech?
Each student will be coached weekly during January, February and March. These students will have attended the necessary workshops in December. ANYONE WHO MISSES TWO CONSECUTIVE WEEKS OF COACHING WILL BE DISMISSED FROM THE TEAM. Students will be required to attend five invitational tournaments, unless conflicts are discussed with coaches ahead of time. Everyone is expected to earn enough success to feel comfortable competing at the sub-section tournament in March. We've always concentrated on individual success rather than viewing ourselves competitively. However, we are a successful team which has had speakers at the state level for several years. We also have received successful team rankings at most of the invitational meets the past few years.
Dates to Remember
December- informal coaching, sign up for 20 minute coaching sessions with either Ms. Ellingson or Ms. Kulm. During these practices we will look for scripts, outline speeches, write scripts, organize, write intros, etc.
In January, - formal coaching- sign up for 20 minute coaching sessions (permanent time slots) with either Ms. Ellingson or Ms. Kulm. We will work on presentation, interpretation, style and memorization.
Calendar of Meets: Dates to be announced.
**Please note dates of sub-section and section. If you are going on the Europe trip or a spring break trip, this will affect you! Consider yourself cautioned (see lettering guidelines).
Annandale Speech Team is a team of excellence. Each member strives for individual success. All students were beginning speakers at one time. We welcome speakers at all levels of success. Thank you for considering us.