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The Sierra Speech team has officially kicked off their 2018-2019 season!

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The Sierra Speech team has officially kicked off their 2018-2019 season! 

Last Saturday (Sep. 8th) over 20 of our students came to Sierra early in the morning to get extra coaching and prepare for their first tournament. Not only did they get coached by district coaches, but over 15 Sierra Alumni came back to coach our students as well.
  • *Side note: 95% of the high school students who travel and compete in the Santa Ana high school speech circuit are Sierra Alumni! 

SAUSD 2018 Speech Warm-up

Sierra took 44 students to the warm-up this year. This was a tournament of new beginnings and building team culture. Our speech coach, Ms. Weber, has traveled over the past 8 years with speech teams, and she was so impressed with the behavior and positive energy of Sierra students.
One of the district coaches told Ms. Weber that, "Out of all the schools here, Sierra students are always smiling and give off so much happy energy." 
At the core of our program, we are a brand new team. With only a handful of true varsity members, we have a lot of room to grow. Our students are excited, hard workers and are ready to improve! As Ms. Weber told the team on Saturday, speech isn't about the sprint but the marathon. It's not about winning now, it's about winning when it matters most. We cannot wait to see our students cross the finish line as champions at the end of this season! 
Below are the names of students who had success over the weekend! 
1st place in Novice Original Oratory- Cecy Rivera
2nd place in Varsity Poetry-John Perez
3rd place in Novice Dramatic Interpretation-Ingryd Favela
4th Place in Varsity Dramatic Interpretation Andrea Payan 
4th place in Novice Storytelling-Diego De La Riva-Roman
4th place in Varsity DUO- Jayzleen Gonzalez-Ochoa/Emily De La Rivera 
4th place in Novice Poetry-Isabel Ignacio
4th place in Novice INFO-Melissa Perez
4th Place in JV Prose-Crystal Landin
Semi-Finals in Varsity Original Oratory-Jessica So 
Semi-Finals in Novice Storytelling-Esmeralda Alba, Dominick Cisneros, Carmen Oregel Ceja, and Jonathan Lopez
Semi-Finals in Novice Declamation-Nathan Ramirez & Briana Olallo
Semi-Finals in Original Oratory-Valerie Mendoza, Vicente Duran Vazquez and Aleena Gomez
Semi-Finals in Novice Poetry-Monica Martinez
Semi-Finals in Prose-Saul Rodriguez and Coral Santos
Semi-finals in Poetry Interpretation-Yanelly Juarez and Daisy Guzman
Semi-Finals in Novice Humorous Interpretation-Karina Ramierz 
Semi-Finals in Humorous Interpretation-Bryan Juarez
Semi-Finals of Informative Speaking- Lizbeth Diaz, Leilani Valencia, and Fernanda Meza 
Semi-Finals in Storytelling-Fernanda Meza
Thank you all for your support and care you all put into the speech program! Shout out to our speech coach, Ms. Weber!