Speech a fine art
Fontaine, Baugh compete at state
By Vanessa Lee
Published May 1, 2018
Speech has been an activity here at AHS but due to unfortunate budget cuts the activity has been cut. The speech team was very important to students involved. Two seniors headed to their final state speech competition on April 21. Jake Fontaine took fourth in his category. Bryanna Baugh also traveled to state but did not advance.
Both students had great things to say about the program and are sad to see it ending.
Jake Fontaine said speech teaches skills that apply throughout life. “Short and sweet on why speech is important: Speaking skills, personability, friends, networking, research skills, and competence really apply in life,” Fontaine said. “(Also) time management and competition.” He has also liked the people he has met throughout his time in speech. “The people you meet are such amazing people and (there are) so many,” he said. “I’ve liked every friend I’ve made. There hasn’t been a person that I haven’t liked.”
The speech team as a whole has done very well at our school this year. Fontaine said, “Speech team is doing very, very well. Someone has placed in finals at every meet. Thomas (Gustin) improved at each and every meet. Bryanna has done well also. I’ve personally placed first at four speech meets this year.”
Bryanna Baugh said, “I feel like this is my best out of the three years I’ve been in speech.” And she was right about her statement as she went to state for her speech. “It introduces you to new people and helps you with stage fright.”
Speech is ending here due to budget cuts, but it will be missed by the students who were involved and by what is taught and how it helped them grow as a person. They will surely take what they have learned into all of their future endeavors.