Joan Bentz with the Neosho High School Speech and Debate Squad placed 9th in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking at the National Speech and Debate Tournament held at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Joan Bentz with the Neosho High School Speech and Debate Squad placed 9th in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking at the National Speech and Debate Tournament held at Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Neosho High School Speech and Debate Squad recently competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament held at Salt Lake City, Utah. Thirteen students from the squad qualified for the tournament.
While at the tournament, the following students advanced to the trophy rounds after the six preliminary rounds of competition guaranteed to all competitors.
* Joan Bentz placed 9th in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking;
* Samuel Sanchez placed 13th in Extemp Commentary;
* Christy Russow placed 54th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate;
* Samuel Sanchez placed 56th in International Extemporaneous Speaking;* Delanie Dickens and Kennedy Tool placed 58th in Policy Debate.
There were approximately 350 entries in every event and the top 60 entries were advanced to the elimination rounds.
Other students who competed from Neosho High School were: Makale Harris, Taylor Minton, and Shelbie Neece in Congressional Debate, Ebby Green in Performance of Interpretation, Shelby Grace and Tantyn Skaggs in Duo Interp, and Ian Cooley and Hayden Houk in Policy Debate.