The Road to States: Another Look Back

Updated-headshotBW.pdfThis weekend’s Opening Ceremony will feature speeches from three new OSDA Coaches’ Hall of Fame inductees (Dolores Muller, Alan Bates, and Jason Habig).  In preparation for these upcoming speeches, here is a look back at one of last year’s inductees, Holly Custer of Wooster High School.

Can you remember a time when your life changed?

Maybe it was a big life event—like a wedding, a birth, or a death.  Or maybe it was a smaller change, like starting a new job or making a new friend.  We all have moments in our lives that help shape and define who we are and whom we will become.  For me, one of the most definitive moments of change happened in the spring of my eighth-grade year.  That spring, I said “yes” to speech and debate, and that decision completely altered the trajectory of my life. Continue reading The Road to States: Another Look Back

The Road to States: A Look Back

Penny HarrisThis weekend’s Opening Ceremony will feature speeches from three new OSDA Coaches’ Hall of Fame inductees (Dolores Muller, Alan Bates, and Jason Habig).  In preparation for these upcoming speeches, here is a look back at one of last year’s inductees, Penny Harris of Canton Central Catholic.

According to one famous comedian, “Life isn’t something you possess.  It’s something you take part in, and you witness.”  Thank you, Cleveland, for welcoming us to “The LAND.” The Land where we are all witnesses. Where Lebron James proved that a dream fueled by dedication, drive, and vision can be achieved.  How appropriate that The Land is hosting the OHSSL State Championship.

We may flex different muscles in speech and debate, but we share a few common denominators: similarities such as passion, competitiveness, and heart.  We are all witnesses to the power and effectiveness of speech and debate.  I am so honored to be standing here to join this group of individuals for whom I have the utmost respect, but no one stands alone in The Land.  Many people stand with me—including all of you.

We are all witnesses.  What I want to share with you now is my witness: how I got here; what I’ve witnessed; and why I love The Land.

I’m just a girl from Canton. Continue reading The Road to States: A Look Back

Rep Your Event 2018 Finalist voting is LIVE!

The Finalists have been selected and it’s time to vote for the winner.

Each competitor was tasked with doing his or her best to encapsulate, within a 1-minute video (perhaps with a slight grace period), what makes a particular competitive OSDA event great.  This year’s Finalists represent the events of International Extemporaneous Speaking, Public Forum Debate, and Original Oratory.

International Extemporaneous Speaking

submitted by Aditi Rajgopal, Mason High School (GMV)

 

Public Forum Debate

submitted by Grace Cousens, Laurel School (CLE)

 

Original Oratory

submitted by Natalie Zachariah, Olentangy Liberty High School (COL)

 

Now YOU get to decide who wins the $100 scholarship from the OSDA, and which event is best represented for the year.

Head to TheOSDA.org or click this link to vote.

One of these three finalists will be announced the RYE Winner at the State Finals Awards Ceremony in Sylvania.  Votes are limited to one per person/account, so get out the vote!

Voting will be open until sometime shortly before the Awards Ceremony at State Finals on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Best of luck to you all!