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Speech Team

SHMS' Speech Team (a.k.a. "Declam Team") is an opportunity for students to hone their public speaking skills, gain confidence, and have fun. 

Speech Team Website

Participating in Speech Team involves:

  • Picking (or writing) a 5-8 minute piece to perform (solo or with a partner)
  • Rehearsing the piece with peers and coaches
  • Performing the piece at meets

All 6th-8th grade students are invited to participate. See Ms. Walton to learn more (

Sign Up

1) Have a parent sign up on MyPaymentsPlus. 
2) Join our Schoology Group: X6QS-4ZSP-2WVB7

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, December 8th: Informational Meeting
    • 3:15pm - 4:45pm in Lecture Room B.
  • Monday, December 13th: Practices Begin
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at SHMS in Lecture Room B
    • You only need to come to practice one day a week
  • Thursday, December 23rd - Friday, December 31st: No Practice
    • No practice over Winter Break. 
  • Monday, January 3rd: Practices Resume
  • Saturday, January 15th: Meet at Dakota Hills Middle School
  • Friday, January 21st: Meet at Falcon Ridge Middle School
  • Saturday, February 5th: Meet at Northfield Middle School (transportation provided)


Practice will take place at SHMS in Lecture Room B on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:15pm-4:45pm.  Students should come to practice one day per week.  On their practice day, students will meet in Lecture Room B at 3:15pm for announcements and instruction.  Then students will practice their piece until it is time to work one-on-one with a coach in individual coaching sessions. 


The meets will involve students performing their piece twice for two different judges who will give them a score of A, B, or C based on a variety of criteria.  Students will then be awarded ribbons based on their scores:

Blue Ribbon - 2 "A" Scores
Red Ribbon - 1 "A" and 1 "B" Score
White Ribbon - 2 "B" Scores
Purple Ribbon - 1 "B" and 1 "C" Score
Yellow Ribbon - 2 "C" Scores



two boys and one girl giving speaches