Students Not Afraid to Speak Out

By Christine Brewer

Clarke County High School Students are not afraid to speak out!

The CCHS Forensics team has had a fairly successful year. Coached by Christine Brewer, theatre teacher at CCHS, the team of 12 had 7 members advance to the regional round of competition at Riverheads High School this past Saturday.

Forensics is a public speaking competition with events ranging from poetry to storytelling to extemporaneous speech. Students compete as part of the VHSL against other schools in their district. Students placing in the top three in their event advance to the next level of competition. At the end of the district meet at Madison County High School , the following students advanced to the next round:

Addison Peacock—Prose

Elizabeth Blight—Poetry

Josh Coumes—Impromptu

Nikki Zuleger—Dramatic Interpretation

Rachel Dors and Jenn Gillenwater—Humorous Duo Interpretation

Sydney Wilkins—Humorous Interpretation

At the regional meet, Addison Peacock won first place in her event, prose, moving her on to compete for the state title March 24 at Harrisonburg High School . Elizabeth Blight placed fourth, which qualifies her as an alternate should someone be unable to compete.

These students are not afraid to do something most people put at the top of their list of greatest fears—public speaking. Most have experience in performing through the theatre program, and will be appearing later this month in the annual spring musical, Into the Woods.


Christine Brewer teaches Spanish and Theatre at Clarke County High School in Berryville, Virginia