The Carthage High School will be represented at the state level competition for speech/debate April 21-22 on the campus of Missouri State University-Springfield.

The Carthage High School will be represented at the state level competition for speech/debate April 21-22 on the campus of Missouri State University-Springfield.
Those qualifying are: Anna Christianson for foreign extemp; Dylan Calhoon for domestic extemp; Jessica Thomas for original oratory; Maquelle Huntley for storytelling; Elijah Paden for humorous interp; for Policy Debate: Adam Theis and Emily Smith; for Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Jessica Thomas and Grace Kennedy; for Public Forum Debate: Anna Christianson and Jessica Kaup; and Dylan Calhoon and Megan Christianson.
Seniors this year are: Huntley, Anna Christianson, Thomas and Kaup. All four ladies are four-year veterans in speech/debate, and agree it's a lifestyle.
"We have learned so many skills that transcend into any career path we could want," Huntley said.
Enjoying the opportunity to count the ways speech/debate has improved their lives, the seniors named off: the ability to maintain composure, the practice of stating their thoughts and opinions, the knowledge of how to correctly research both sides of a topic, multi-tasking and organization.
"For me, it's built my confidence," Kaup said. "Not only in speaking at an event, but also just my everyday social life. It's really left lasting impacts on all of us."
The seniors agreed this year's team has bonded over the years with trips, weekends and class study. The last four years have flown by, and they've enjoyed growing together and establishing a skill-set that will advance them in their futures.   
"It's been a lot of work but so much fun," Anna Christianson said.