Welcome the new PHS Speech and Debate Team coach – Mr. Ron Hester!

Pflugerville ISD has hired Ron Hester from Snyder, Texas to fill the coaching position for the Pflugerville HS Speech and Debate Team for the 2017-2018 school year. Mr. Hester has had an extensive career coaching speech and debate, is a one diamond NSDA coach, and is excited to be chosen to lead the team this year. He radiates positivity and loves competitive travel!

Mr. Heston and I will meet prior to the start of camp to facilitate the change over of duties. As soon as I have contact information, it will be posted here so be sure you are following (and remind your teammates and parents/guardians to follow as well) this website for further updates.

Remember that all returning varsity members are expected to attend summer camp from 9:00am-4:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break at approximately 12:00pm. There is no fee for varsity and you all are expected to attend then entire session. During the morning, novice portion, varsity leaders will teach while the rest of the varsity will act as mentors for the novices. During the afternoon, varsity will be prepping for the first tournaments of the season.

Leadership – begin your camp plans. Plan for a similar structure as last year’s camp, with the bonus of being held at PHS – yeah! I expect Day 1 will include a survey and speeches to determine skills, with day 2 dividing among events and beginning teaching the basics of each event. Upload lesson plans for each day to the Google drive and be sure to share it with me.

Finally, change can be both exciting and scary but as British philosopher, writer, and speaker, Alan W. Watts once said, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Camp is one month away so lace up your dancing shoes and dive in all together!

Speech and Debate Camp Questions Answered Here! -edited on 6/21 @ 3:15pm

I have had several questions asked about camp plans this summer. I will do my best to answer them below.

We have planned camp for Aug. 1-11 (excluding Sat-Sun) at PHS; however, a new coach has yet to be hired and it is their prerogative to decide on/change camp requirements. Interviews are in process for the new coach.

Current plans: I have attached the camp enrollment form for novices. If you know of anyone who is interested that has not received one yet, please forward this to them.

Varsity members are expected to attend from 9:00am-4:00pm with a one hour lunch break. For varsity, there is no fee and in return you will be expected to mentor, model, and teach the novices in the am section, while the pm section is reserved for varsity tournament prep.

4N6 Summer Camp Enrollment Form – Novice 17-18

Sincerely,

Liz Waldrop

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.