The Monett High School speech and debate team competed at the Parkview Speech and Debate Invitational. Reece Johnson placed second in varsity foreign extemporaneous, Tom Younker placed first in novice domestic extemporaneous, and Bryce Isbell placed eighth in congress.
The Monett novice speech and debate team competed at Carthage on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. The following students advanced to finals and placed: Tanesha Eden, fifth, Elizabeth Hurst, fourth, Ronnie Hearn, third and Haley Henry, second, all in storytelling; Kiersten Harper, sixth, prose and poetry; Baily Harris and Elizabeth Hurst, fourth and Taylor Renfro and Tanesha Eden, second, all in duo extemporaneous.
Kiersten Harper, fifth, dramatic interpretation; Haley Henry, fourth and Taylor Renfro, first, both in humorous interpretation; Alex Schmitt, sixth, extemporaneous; Katelyn Morrison and Andrew Rausch, fourth, Aaron Morley and Alex Schmitt, fourth, Haley Henry and Hunter Williams, third and Polet Rodriguez and Tania Contreras, third, all in public forum debate, Tom Younker placed fourth in Lincoln Douglas Debate.
The varsity team competed at the Webb City Invitational on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. The following varsity members advanced to finals and placed: Johna Ragsdale, sixth, oratory and second, domestic extemporaneous; Kara Hopkins, fifth, dramatic interpretation; Anna Cloud, fifth, prose and poetry; Laramie Ellis, third prose and poetry and fourth, parliamentary debate; Emma Verstraete and Kale Turner, fourth, public forum debate; Reece Johnson, second, foreign extemporaneous; Garrett Maxey, second, humorous interpretation; and Kale Turner, first, radio.
The varsity team placed first at Webb City and the novice team placed third at Carthage. Out of 17 schools, Monett won the combined sweepstakes trophy.