This past weekend marked District speech and drama competition. Students at Prairie journeyed to Center Point Urbana High School in hopes to wow the judges with their performances in order to advance to State.
“It is a very stressful experience,” says sophomore speech participant Megan Fear, “but it gives you valuable life skills and confidence.”
Speech and drama participants have been preparing for districts since the beginning of February. Choices of events range from original speeches to storytelling to acting, meaning that there’s an event for everyone.
“I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m nervous for you [speech participants],” Kamille Hill, one of the speech coaches, describes how she felt leading up to Saturday, “It’s a snowglobe-hurricane of emotions.”
74% of the people in the world have a fear of public speaking and speech kids are no exception.
“When a kid is stressed out and feeling like they want to drop out of speech, what I tend to say is, ‘You are capable of more than you are aware. You are capable of so much more than you think you are,’” explains Kami.
Overall, Prairie Speech participants did amazing at state. With 23 students- over half of all members- advancing to state at Kennedy High School on March 10th, Kami is proud to be a coach to such amazing kids.
“It may be terrifying. It may look terrifying from the outside. But what I will say to you is the skills that you will learn in speech and drama will benefit you far beyond Prairie High School- and will possibly be one of the most important things you learn while you’re here,” explains Kami to anybody looking to join speech and drama. “Everyone at some point in their life will have to stand up in front of other people and make themselves understood.”
State speech and drama competition is scheduled on Saturday, March 10th at Kennedy High School for anybody looking to come. Support your fellow classmates and come to state speech!