Area students went above and beyond this year at the 2008 Desert Light Nationals in Las Vegas. Their superior performance not only earned them top awards, but also set a new standard of excellence for their schools. For Monett High School it was a historical moment as Omar Qureshi became the first student in the schools history to receive such a prestigus award at the National tournament.
Omar Qureshi - Monett High School was recognized as 2nd in the nation in International Extemporaneous Speaking.
David Watkins- Neosho High School was recognized as 7th in the nation in Debate.
Bonnie Lyons - Kickapoo High School, 6th in Expository Speaking
Sam Tabory - Liberty High School, 6th place in Extemp Commentary
Other area students receiving national awards:
Cassidy Miller - Parkview High School, 10th place in Original Oratory
Thomas Bentz and Alexsandra McMahan- Parkview High School, 9th in Public Forum
Katie Fredricks - Greenwood Labatory School, 9th place in Debate Speaker
Katie Fredricks and Sarah Godwin- Greenwood Labratory School, 13th in Policy Debate
Congratulations to all the students and their coaches you are to be commended for such an outstanding job!