Four other Norman students were runners-up at the state competition, including: Nicky Halterman in extemporaneous speaking; Maddie Breedlove in dramatic interpretation; and White and Caleb Hennigan in humorous duet.
Anderson said she chose “Memphis The Musical” after seeing it with her mom in Oklahoma City and that besides winning, this year was special because she got to do a piece with one of her best friends.
“We (White and Anderson) have been best friends forever, but we never had the chance to do a competitive piece together. Finally, we did and we won,” Anderson said.
Ellen Melton, freshman, said speech and debate team has changed her life since entering high school. Melton made a chart and practiced her prose interpretation every day.
She said even though the team was losing several seniors, she was enthusiastic about the possibility of future championships.
“My confidence has skyrocketed. It really has been a game changer,” Melton said. “If you can be in front of a judge and get judged and critiqued, then you go from being a freshman with some confidence to a freshman that can do anything.”
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