With 75 students signing up for the Alta speech team this year, coach Brad Nesbitt has all the tools necessary to keep this strong tradition alive.
"We have a very big tradition here," Nesbitt said. "The attitude of the kids is really enjoyable. We learn a lot and have a lot of fun."
In the past twenty-three years, the Alta Speech Team has always received better than a II rating. They have sent several performers to the All-State contest and received several special recognition honors along the way.
"All-State is not our goal, though we like it when we get there, we just try to put ourselves in a position to be at this level," Nesbitt said.
The students began practicing for speech contest last week. They will be competing in Group Mime, Solo Mime, Musical Theatre, Ensemble Acting, Choral Reading and Group Improv.
Try-outs were held for the speech team due to the large number of students interested in the program. Those students selected will each be participating in two different categories at contest.
"The seniors get their first choice, but it is hard to keep a freshman out if they are really good," Nesbitt said. "We do have to cut though, but we try to do what is best for the team."
Read the rest of this article in the 12/07 Pilot Tribune.