Over the weekend the Comeaux High School Speech Team broke records in Georgia.
The team took 11 Varsity members to compete at the Barkley Forum for Speech and Debate at Emory University in Atlanta, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious Speech and Debate National Invitationals in the country, according to Jacob Simon, Speech Team Coach and Theater Teacher at Comeaux High.
With more than 200 schools from across 30 states, the 65 year old competition is a showcase of the best of the best.
Each event starts with approximately 100 students (who must qualify by their success record this year) and competes until they reach the top six (which is finals).
Comeaux had more finalist than any school in the 65 year history (10), the most finalist in one event four out of the six Duo finalists) and senior Rashon Leday added two more championship plaques to the two championship plaques he won last year being the only student in Barkley Forum to win four total Championship Silver Key Plaques.
Results are as follows:
Breaking to Quarter Finals: (top 24)
Damari Padilla in Original Oratory
Tori Lalonde in Dramatic Interpretation
Making the Final Round (top six) and placing:
In Original Oratory: Amiah Richardson-3rd place, Presley Nutter-2nd place and Reserve Silver Key recipient
In Humorous: Del Gonzales-2nd place
In Dramatic Interpretation: Jacob Foster-CHAMPION and Silver Key Recipient
In Program Oral Interpretation: Taylor Mier-3rd place, Rashon Leday-CHAMPION and Silver Key Recipient
In Duo Interpretation: Amiah Richardson & Damari Padill-5th place, Tori Lalonde & Del Gonzales-4th place, Jazmin Rodriguez & Taylor Mier-2nd Place and Reserve Silver Key Recipients, Jacob Foster & Rashon Leday-CHAMPIONS and Silver Key Recipients