Hayden has new competitive team



Hayden Speech and Debate Team members pictured are (from left) Annie Strong, Mariah Metcalf, River Hewitt, Emily Wiginton, Jared Jones, Randon Hewitt, Kayla Stidham, Becca Clark, Kristen Bobo, Adam Roberts, and Destiny Busby.

Hayden Speech and Debate Team members pictured are (from left) Annie Strong, Mariah Metcalf, River Hewitt, Emily Wiginton, Jared Jones, Randon Hewitt, Kayla Stidham, Becca Clark, Kristen Bobo, Adam Roberts, and Destiny Busby.


The Hayden Wildcats have a new addition to their competitive teams, but this new addition has nothing to do with sports.

This is the first full year of competition for Hayden High School’s Speech and Debate Team. Funding for the team came through the generous legislative efforts of Rep. Elwyn Thomas.

Students compete throughout Alabama and Georgia in a variety of events ranging from competitive acting and persuasive speaking to debate. The team has already won much recognition. All team members have earned membership in the National Forensic League, the speech and debate national honors society.

At the Vestavia Hills tournament in September, Emily Wigington won fourth place in poetry/prose reading, Mariah Metcalfe, first place in prose/poetry reading; and Kristen Bobo, second place in original oratory.

At the Mars Hill Tournament on Oct, 2, the team finished strong, winning the following awards: Mariah Metcalfe – fifth place poetry/prose, Jared Jones – fourth place poetry/prose, Adam Roberts – third place poetry/ prose and third place impromptu speaking, Emily Wigington – second place poetry/prose, Kristen Bobo – first place original oratory and fourth place extemporaneous speaking, Destiny Busby – debate quarter finalist and fifth place impromptu speaking, River Hewitt and Kayla Stidham – debate semi-finalists, and Becca Clark – first place in debate.

Coach Katie Haas and assistant coach Shelia Sherrer have high hopes for the remainder of the season. “We are so privileged to have such talented and dedicated students,” Haas explains. “I look forward to seeing them accomplish great things.”