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“On a whim, I entered two of NLHS’ oral interpretation competitors in a national online tournament sponsored by 3P Speech,” said North Lamar High School speech and debate coach Kristi Hodgkiss as she spoke of seniors Maddi Jolley, left, and Kelsey Preston, right. “I am pleased to report that the girls have each been ranked in the top five in the country.”
Preston placed fourth with her prose reading from Gilda Radner’s autobiography entitled “It’s Always Something.” Jolley placed twice in the top five by placing second with her reading of a selection from the novel in verse “Make Lemonade,” and fourth with “God Went to Beauty School.” The two were the only competitors from the state of Texas to place in the tournament.
Competitors could enter several times with different performance literature. The 3P National Tournament used an online judging panel consisting of high quality 3P coaches and other former NFL finalists or coaches. Entrants received critical and constructive feedback based on their live pre-recorded performances.