“Although we don't live in the neighborhood and aren’t Catholic, we love it at OLL – all our expectations have been exceeded!”
Bob Millard, parent
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Speech Team


The Our Lady of the Lake Speech Team is looking for all interested 6th, 7th and 8th graders to join us.  Being a member of the speech team provides students with a wonderful opportunity to build confidence and poise in making oral presentations in front of an audience, writing a persuasive or informative speech or vocally interpreting a dramatic or humorous narrative.  All these are skills that are used in middle-school, high school and beyond.
Students will make a commitment to come to small group practice sessions an average of at least once a week during speech team season and biweekly team meetings.  In addition to those practices, students will be expected to work on their own finding or writing material to present, as well as, preparing and rehearsing on their own.  There are two tournaments that are held on Saturdays and go all day.

2015-2016 Team Calendar

Monday

September 28

6:00 – 7:00

All Team Kick-Off Meeting

Monday

October 12

5:30 – 6:30

All Team Practice

Monday

October 26

5:30 – 6:30

All Team Practice

Monday

November 9

5:30 – 6:30

All Team Practice

Monday

November 23

5:30 – 6:30

All Team Practice

Tuesday

December 1

6:00 – 9:00

OLL Mock Tournament

Friday

December 11

2:45 – 3:00

All Team Quick Meeting

Saturday

December 12

7:30 – 7:00

Bishop Blanchet Speech Tournament

Monday

January 4

5:30 – 6:30

All Team Practice

Monday

January 11

5:30 – 6:30

All Team Practice

Friday

January 15

2:45 – 3:00

All Team Quick Meeting

Saturday

January 16

7:30 – 7:30

Seattle Prep Speech Tournament

These dates do not include individual meeting times with your coach.  Plan on meeting with them about once a week as well.

Coaches are also needed!  There is no experience required.  I have tools and support to help anyone become an awesome coach.  All I need from you is a willingness to help young people develop their speaking skills.  If this is something you (or someone you know) feel like you can do, please contact me!!

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OLL has a long and proud tradition of participation in the Catholic High School’s Invitational Tournaments for Seattle area parish school’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Both Bishop Blanchet and Seattle Prep high schools award tuition scholarship prizes to 8th grade winners in several categories:  Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Oratory, Editorial Commentary, Impromptu and Expository.  

OLL relies on parent and parish volunteers as coaches and judges. Judges’ training is available to all interested participants.  Kindly contact Jennifer Kush at if you wish to take the training and support OLL's Speech Team!