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Speech Team
The Hereford High School speech team actively participates in speech competition at numerous tournaments throughout the year.  They compete in TFA, NFL, and UIL events.  The team has won many sweepstakes awards and has sent students to state and national tournaments.  Students compete in a variety of events at tournaments year round.  It takes a great deal of time, effort, and talent to be successful in speech.

The Coach
Jennifer Zinn has taught at Hereford the last three years, and has been involved in education for the past 14 years.  She taught at Valleyview Junior High from 1994-1999 where she had an active junior high team that participated in speech tournaments.  From 1999-2005 she worked for Jostens yearbooks traveling to area schools servicing them in the creation of their yearbooks.  In 2005 she came back to teaching at Hereford High School and is the speech and debate coach for the Hereford speech team. 

Why join the Orators?
There are many reasons why participating in speech competition is beneficial for students.  Aside from the fact that it is fun, it builds lifetime skills that students will use.  You can ask any member of the team what speech participation has done for them and they will all say that it has helped their speaking skills and given them confidence.  Being a member of the NFL is impressive to most colleges and employers.  The National Forensic League is a National speech honor society that also has had some very prestigious members like Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner, Adam Sandler and Shelly Long.  Students that participate in speech competition tend to have higher TAKS scores and overall grades.  If you are interested in participating in Orators it is recommended that you take either Oral Interp or Debate.  You can contact Jennifer Zinn for more information.

The team placed third in sweepstakes at the WTAMU tournament.

The team placed first in sweepstakes at the Can-dall Classic tournament.

The team placed first in sweepstakes at the Caprock tournament.

The team placed first in sweepstakes at the Muleshoe tournament.



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