Clovis East pair wins state speech tournament

The Fresno BeeMay 1, 2014 

Two Clovis East students talked their way to the top of the state's annual speech tournament in Modesto last weekend, each taking home first prize and a $500 scholarship. Junior Bianca Norwood and senior Olivia Haagenson, who competed in the duo interpretation category, won top honors for their rendition of "She Kills Monsters," a play about two sisters.

BIANCA NORWOOD, OLIVIA HAAGENSON

Two Clovis East students talked their way to the top of the state's annual speech tournament in Modesto last weekend, each taking home first prize and a $500 scholarship.

Junior Bianca Norwood and senior Olivia Haagenson, who competed in the duo interpretation category, won top honors for their rendition of "She Kills Monsters," a play about two sisters.

Now the pair is headed to the nation's top two forensics tournaments: the National Tournament in Kansas and the Tournament of Champions in Minnesota. They've already picked up a third-place award in the online 3P Speech National Tournament.

"These girls are so naturally talented, it's sick," team coach Mikendra McCoy said.

Clovis East's team took 10th place at the state tournament. McCoy said five students have qualified for the national tournament in Kansas.

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