Perhaps no single aspect of a high school education is as important as the development of the ability to think and communicate effectively. While reading, writing, and speaking are key elements of the basic school curriculum, the extra-curricular speech program offers students the opportunity to refine and enhance their personal skills. Over a period of many years, the speech program has been developed to provide training and experience in effective public speaking. Speech activities are segmented into many different types of presentations to maximize the personal abilities and interests of the participants. Public address events seek to develop extemporaneous, rhetorical, and interpersonal skills. Interpretive categories tend to emphasize the study of literature and refined presentational skills. No matter what the interest, ability, age, or experience of the student, there is a place for every individual in competitive speech. The program has only one goal: to provide students with the knowledge and confidence to be effective communicators.