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Mrs. Ondreja Turner
Mrs. Turner joined the WCA Speech/Debate coaching staff in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English-Language Arts from Auburn University at Montgomery where she studied communication, drama, literature, and English grammar.  She participated in competitive speech and debate in both middle school and high school.  She is the 1988 Kentucky High School Speech League Oratorical Declamation State Champion. She also competed in Duo Acting and Dramatic Interpretation.  She is excited to use the communication and drama side of her degree as she coaches students in the individual Public Speaking and Interpretation events.  

Mrs. Crystal Miller
Mrs. Miller joined the WCA Speech/Debate coaching staff in 2017.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication & Theater Education from West Texas State University where she studied communication, drama and literature.  She participated in competitive speech and theater in high school and earned a best supporting actress award.   She has coached and judged both speech and debate events and is proud that many of her former students are award-winning debaters and now compete on the college level.   She is excited to join the WCA Speech/Debate staff and looks forward to sharing her knowledge with the team.  

2019-2020Team Members

Cole Collier
Helen Donahue
Kaitlyn Ellis
Kate Gunn 
Delaney Hartman
Eleanor Lynn
Reagan Paulus
Carter Rayburn
Garrett Reynolds
Katie Suggs
Kara Tisdale
Bella Trueb
Sophia Wilson
Bella Wimberly
Isabel Zecher



The WCA Speech and Debate team had an outstanding competition season for the 2019-2020 school year.  Students won awards in Public Forum Debate, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking.  We had five students selected to represent the state of Alabama at the National Speech and Debate Association’s 2020 National Speech & Debate Tournament this Summer.  Students invited to compete in the national tournament represent the top 3% of speech and debate students in the nation! This was WCA’s second appearance at the National Tournament.  


 

2020 Alabama State Champion

Garrett Reynolds

Original Oratory & Informative Speaking



Congratulations to Garrett Reynolds ('20), Helen Donahue
('20), Kaitlyn Ellis ('21), Delaney Hartman, ('21), Isabel Zecher ('21), and Carter Rayburn ('23) for representing the state of Alabama at the National Speech and Debate Association's 2020  National Tournament! 



Congratulations to the following students for finishing the 2019-2020 school year at these levels in the National Speech and Debate Honor Society. Students earn points by competing or by performing a service, like giving a public speech, coaching, or judging.  


The degree of Merit (25 points or more)
      • Cole Collier
      • Kaitlyn Ellis
      • Delaney Hartman
      • Eleanor Lynn
      • Reagan Paulus
      • Kara Tisdale
      • Bella Wimberly
      • Isabel Zecher
The degree of Honor (75 points or more)
      • Kate Gunn
      • Carter Rayburn
      • Bella Trueb
      • Sophia Wilson
The degree of Excellence (150 points or more)
      • Katie Suggs
The degree of  Distinction (250 points or more)
      • Helen Donahue
      • Garrett Reynolds