LHS students advance at national tournament
Sixteen students represented the Laurel School District at the NCFL Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament held recently in Houston, Texas. Two of the students advanced in the competition, which was the largest NCFL tournament to date. Freshman Verneshia Heidelberg advanced as a quarterfinalist in the category of oral interpretation, while freshman Corbin McDavitt advanced as an octofinalist in the category of original oratory. Laurel High School had more students advance than any other school in the Mississippi districts.
The other students who qualified to attend this tournament were Melvin Richardson, Sierra Byrd, Carl McInnins, Sasha Carpenter, Rebecca Pittman, Zach Green, Roger Powell, Lauree Thomas, Delta Evans, Gabrielle McCarthy, Julie Mauldin, Savanah Heidelberg, Ariele Moradin and Josh Agee. This was the largest number of students to ever qualify for a national tournament from Laurel High School. The group was coached by speech teacher Anita Boyd, who recently retired with over 33 years in education.