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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.  

2018-2019 Team Members
Mark Olson, Senior
Clay Doll, Junior
Helen Donahue, Junior
Dylan Fancher, Junior
Kate Gunn, Junior
Soomin Jin, Junior
Garrett Reynolds, Junior
Wesley Sellers, Junior
Katie Suggs, Junior
Camden Renner, Sophomore
Kane Stone, Sophomore
David Byrd, Freshman
Sophia Wilson, Freshman



The WCA Speech and Debate team had an outstanding competition season for the 2017-2018 school year.  We had 13 students who competed in 8 tournaments over the year.  Students won awards in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, and Informative Speaking.  We had three students selected to represent the state of Alabama at the National Speech and Debate Association’s 2018 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.  


Congratulations to Erykah Jenkins (Class of 2018), Zoe Landers (Class of 2018) , and Christine Thompson (Class of 2018)  for representing the state of Alabama at the National Speech and Debate Association's 2018  National Tournament! This was the second year they were selected to compete at Nationals! 



Congratulations to the following students for finishing the 2017-2018 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)
      • Garrett Reynolds
      • Katie Suggs
      • Patrick Younes (Class of 2018)
The degree of Honor (75 points or more)
      • Erykah Jenkins (Class of 2018)
      • Zoe Landers (Class of 2018)
      • Emily Peyton (Class of 2018)
      • Haden Wilson (Class of 2018)
The degree of Excellence (150 points or more)
      • Rebecca Johnson (Class of 2018)
      • Henry Lynn (Class of 2018)
      • Emily Sellers (Class of 2018)
The degree of  Distinction (250 points or more)
      • Christine Thompson (Class of 2018)