Senior wins state speech tournament

BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — A South Range student has ended her speech career on the highest note possible.

Senior Emily Erb is the state champion for the Ohio High School Speech League. She won the award over the weekend for the prose and poetry competition.

Her 10-minute performance was about an English teacher who loses her job and goes to Iraq to teach students, where one of them gives her a diary. At first it’s lighthearted, but then it details the war from a child’s perspective.

“That’s really what my speech highlighted and that is the message that I portrayed throughout the season. That’s really what I wanted to do. I wanted to raise awareness for everybody who is being affected by the war,” Erb said.

Dan Pappalardo, head speech coach at South Range, said Erb represents the epitome of what hard work, persistence, effort and resilience can lead to.

Erb will graduate in June and plans to study pre-medicine at Youngstown State University.

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