South Coast tournament

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Bandon High School Speech Team will compete at the first invitational speech tournament of the season at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. Anyone willing to help judge during any part of the day is asked to contact Coach Tyler Curtis at 347-4413. The rounds start at 8:30 a.m. and continue every 1.5 hours until the 8 p.m. awards.

"It is always a delightful and inspiring way to spend a day, and to see bright, interesting and engaged teens competing against each other," Curtis said.

BANDON - The Bandon, Marshfield and North Bend high school speech teams spent hours from Monday through Saturday, Sept. 19-23, working with Demond Wilson of The Perfect Performance. Wilson, who was the national champion in dramatic interpretation as a sophomore in high school, has coached state and national champions and built his expertise into a business. The goal of the workshop was to jump start and inspire speech students for the 2017-18 school year from the three high schools attending.

This workshop allowed the high school students the opportunity to work with an expert in the field of competitive speech and interpretation events in individual and group conferences, which provided the students with award-winning scripts fit to their strengths, as well as individual coaching from Wilson.

Wilson met with Bandon students throughout the week individually, casting and providing 17 scripts for them. He presented to Marshfield and Bandon speech students on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon in the BHS music room, when he shared his experience as a high school freshman learning how to succeed in the world of competitive speaking. He covered the building blocks of taking a script from the words on the page, breaking them into events, attributing emotions to characters to drive each scene, then putting the sequence of scenes together.

This year BHS videotaped the sessions, so speakers can review phrasing, blocking and presentation ideas given by Wilson.

Wilson inspires each student to reveal the heart of the characters to tell a story that can change lives, said BHS speech coach Tyler Curtis.

"In doing so, each participant takes speech to a higher, life changing level," Curtis said. "Demond’s workshop is life altering. He re-frames the simple act of acting to finding a voice that is true to the character you are portraying and also true to yourself.”

Many of the scripts that entertain the town during Sweet Speeches are fitted to the students at this workshop.

BHS Speech Team members had positive comments about the workshops:

“I learned about how you have to connect with your piece and never give up," said Bella Erenfeld.

“He gives you a new outlook on life and how to view life from different perspectives," said team co-captain David Fodrea.

“Demond is invaluable for the services he provides for all of us here at Bandon High School," said Leslie Anderson

This workshop was made possible through a grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keiser Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation. This is the 12th year of workshops, which have inspired excellence in speech in the community and on Oregon’s South Coast. The Bandon High School speech team is grateful to Peggy Backholm, owner of the Bandon Inn, who housed Wilson during his stay in Bandon.

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