RHS Forensic Students Soar at State!


The RHS Speech Team had a fantastic showing at the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League State Tournament at Cookeville High School on Friday and Saturday.

After placing in the top position in the preliminary round of Interp Theatre competition, SantaLand Diaries, advanced to the final round giving a show-stopping performance. Their final placing was #2 in the state. The group includes: Nora Ioane, Molly Ellis, Lauren Staggs, Michael Bergen, Josh Garcia, Josh Melton, and Jonathan Thomason.

Winners in individual competition include:

Senior Maggie Smith, State Champion in TV Newscasting;

Senior Charrelle Coates, 6th in Original Oratory;

Senior Jonathan Thomason, 6th in Humorous Interp;

Sophomore Daniel Hernandez, 6th in Solo Acting;

Freshman Kori Furcolowe, 5th in After Dinner Speaking.


Rossview had an outstanding showing in student congress winning 3 of the 6 awards given. Lauren Staggs was chosen Outstanding Senator (the top award in the senate.)

Molly Ellis was elected Presiding Officer in the senate.

Haley Hall was elected presiding officer in the house.

Josh Melton and Nora Ioane were also nominated for top speaker in their house.

Following are photos of the award winners and team:

Page created by Ellen Taylor; text and photos by Lee Ellen Beach