The Monett High School Speech and Debate state qualifiers will compete in Columbia on April 20 and April 21. The students pictured above qualified for the state tournament by placing first through third at the district tournament held in Carthage. Monett had the largest number of events qualify for state in the Southwest District. Pictured in the front row, from left, are: Jonah Ragsdale, second, Lincoln-Douglas Debate; and Reece Johnson and Bryce Isbell, first, public forum debate. Back row: Emma Verstraete, second, oratory; Zeina Masri, second, poetry; Garrett Maxey, second, humorous interpretation, and first, storytelling; and Laramie Ellis, third, prose.