Tyrone speech team returns home with two wins

From staff reportsTyrone senior Todd Boytim and junior Francesca Lambert won first place plaques among 40 students in the Autumn Convocation of the Central Pennsylvania Speech League held on Thursday, November 17 at Williamsburg Community High School.
According to Tyrone Speech Coach Richard Merryman, Boytim had 61 out of a possible 64 points to gain first place honors overall with an oral interpretation about a dog and a drink entitled Moco and Cocoa. Lambert scored 60 out of a possible 64 in the poetry division with her oral interpretation of a poem entitled Forgetfulness, about the mind’s deterioration over time.
Currently, the 15 members of Tyrone’s speech team will begin weekly practice for their winter competition scheduled for Thursday, February 9 at Juniata Valley High School, in nearby Alexandria.
Merryman expressed his appreciation to the students on the team, to their parents who chauffeured them to and from weekly rehearsals, to Tyrone teachers and administrators, and especially to Tyrone’s new Athletic Director Mr. Thomas L. Coleman for his spirited encouragement.
“We especially appreciate the encouragement of A.D. Coleman, since we remember that 92 years ago, when Tyrone’s speech team held its first interscholastic competition with nearby Huntingdon, the members of that World War I Forensics Team held debates about strengthening the Panama Canal and the American Military,” said Merryman.
“Tyrone’s earliest student orators also envisioned a dream that public speaking in Tyrone would remain ‘a real sport’. In this 21st century, Coach Coleman has helped keep that dream alive.”