With Regret…

It is with profound sadness that I write this message to you all. I have accepted a position teaching English at Weiss High School and will not be the speech and debate team coach at Pflugerville High School next school year. Due to family obligations, I need to reduce my extracurricular commitments so I am available on weekends to be with my aging parents. I would have loved to stay at PHS but I know myself and I would have tried to stay involved with the team if I had stayed. So while I am cautiously excited at the prospect of new horizons, I will miss all of the amazing students and their amazing parents. They are amazing because of you, parents and guardians. I appreciate the support you have given me, especially when I was a lone coach and needed your help as boosters when we needed to host tournament hospitality rooms, shuttle kids to tournaments, and donate time to judge at local qualifiers. My hope is that you will give your wonderful support to the new coach next year. I have made my recommendation to Ms. Ameka Hunt (she will be the principal at PHS next year) to hire an individual with the experience and skill to continue our legacy of state and national competitive success. Mr. Matthew Vogel (currently at Pflugerville Middle School) has been volunteering this past year for the PHS Team and has been learning our dynamics and routines. He has the experience both as a National competitor and as a speech coach himself and would be a perfect fit to make this transition as easy as possible. Ms. Hunt has the tough decision on how to fill this position and any input as to what you, as stakeholders, feel would be best for the program should be directed to her so she knows what you want for the team. Thank you so much for the privilege of working with you all for as long as I have been able to do so and I am grateful for all you have given me.

Much Love,

Liz Waldrop

**Monday Practice Schedule Change** 4/17 – 5/22

I have made the adjustment to the calendar under the Calendar Tab on this website, but to be certain that everyone is aware, I am posting a notice here as well.

While 5 students are still prepping for State and National tournaments, the majority have ended their 2016-17 speech and debate season. To that end, Monday after school practices have been cancelled effective starting next week. Students are always welcome to stay after school to work and can make appointments with Waldrop to get practice sessions in before and after school, but full team practices are not required for the remainder of April and May and will resume again in the fall of 2017.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

–Waldrop

Region UIL Results!

UIL Region 2 6A Academic Spring Meet Results

Last weekend, the UIL Academic teams competed at the Region 2 UIL Spring Meet. Please congratulate all team members and coaches in Academics for winning 5th place Overall Sweepstakes out of 37 6A schools.

The top 3 individuals and the top team in each event qualify to compete at the State Meet at the University of Texas. Students who qualify and compete at the UIL State Meet also qualify to apply for TILF Scholarships! Great job Panthers!

Editorial Writing

Chelsea Rose – 4th place – State Alternate

Headline Writing

Sumit Nagar – 2nd place – State Bound! 

News Writing

Chelsea Rose – 3rd place – State Bound!

Persuasive Extemp

Juliet Ume-Ezeoke2nd place – State Bound! 

Poetry Interp

Ash Rios – 2nd place – State Bound! 

Prose Interp

Carli Jorgenson – 5th place – State Alternate

Emily Newman – 7th place

Spelling and Vocabulary

Arnold Icaro – 3rd place – State Bound!

1st place Journalism team – coached by Mr. Robb

2nd place Speech and Debate team – coached by Ms. Waldrop

3rd place team – Spelling and Vocabulary team – coached by Ms. Wernli

Please congratulate these students and coaches when you see them.