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Speech Team

Speech Team

We are happy to welcome you to Speech Team here at Shepard High School, an award winning team that has fostered several state champions! The Speech Team is a competitive activity that hones the skills of members' communication, organization and teamwork. Our mission is to help team members think quickly, communicate creatively and effectively and to become outstanding public speakers through performance in 14 different state sanctioned events.


Join our team through

Google Classroom using code:  6e3bbio

Remind Code: @shepspeech


Club Mission:  We serve the school community by teaching students to develop communication skills and strategies for competition at the local, regional and state levels in forensics.  These skills will serve them well as they continue to grow in their confidence as students.  We envision a world in which every school provides a speech program to foster each student’s communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills.


Meeting Information:

We will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room A112 and via Zoom, if need be. You will find our Zoom link on our Google Classroom page. Tournaments are held on Saturdays hosted by various area high schools, and the typically run from 7 am to 5 pm. The Speech Team provides bus transportation from Shepard High School (Door 1 - by the flagpole) to the tournament school, and then returns team members to Shepard at the end of the tournament. Parents may provide transportation to/from the host tournament high school with prior approval from Coach Dunaway.


1st Semester Goals:

  • Select and coach students in individual  and collaborative events
  • Select, cut, and rehearse scripts
  • Gather research materials for extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking
  • Assign students to specific events
  • Prepare and train students for live performance or on camera


Have more questions about Speech Team?  Contact Mr. Dunaway or Mr. Murphy via staff email



Team Meeting: Every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room A112 or via Zoom; check Speech Team Google Classroom for meeting cancellations. 
Mr. Jim Dunaway, Head Speech Coach
Mr. Thomas Murphy, Assistant Speech Coach
Ms. Kimmy Rinck, Assistant Speech Coach
Ms. Sam Bovelli, Assistant Speech Coach
Dramatic Duet Acting
Dramatic Interpretation
Humorous Duet  Acting
Humorous Interp
Extemp Speaking
Informative Speaking
Original Comedy
Original Oratory
Radio Speaking
Special Occasions Speech