2017-2018 Concord High School Speech and Debate Team State Qualifiers. (Photo courtesy Jeff Stutzman)

Indiana Urban Schools Association joins the Concord Community Schools in recognizing and acknowledging the successes of the Concord High School Speech and Debate Team over the course of the 2017-2018 season. This year saw more students qualifying for State Finals and celebrates the highest number of students ever breaking into State Quarterfinals. Fourteen of the team’s 29 state qualifying entries scored high enough to compete in the Quarterfinal round (top 24). The team finished this year’s State tournament tying its best ever: placing 3rd in Class AA with the most team points it has ever scored. Leading the team at State was senior Davieun Williams who placed 2nd in Poetry and 3rd in P.O.I. (Programmed Oral Interp).

At the District tournament three team members qualified for the NSDA National Tournament which will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from June 17-23.  Senior Davieun Williams qualified in P.O.I. with his selection centered on being biracial, senior Elise Boessler qualified in Oratory with her speech entitled “Dealing with Life’s Headaches,” and junior Zoey Rupp qualified in Dramatic Interpretation with her selection entitled “Crafty,” focused on a mother dealing with the death of her son from cancer.

The team offers students the opportunity to improve public speaking skills while also encouraging them to develop their voice on important societal issues. Concord’s team is celebrating its 62nd year of membership in the National Speech and Debate Association.

This post and accompanying photo are thanks to a collaboration with Kendra Divine, Concord Community Schools.

Indiana’s urban schools offer Hoosier students a rich array of programs, services, and opportunities. IUSA appreciates the opportunity to share the stories that demonstrate what the schools have to offer and the many successes their students, faculty and staff achieve.

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