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Speak Up Hattiesburg!

 In partnership with the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation

Speak Up, Hattiesburg is a community based fundraising event series built to help to ensure the longevity of a myriad of forensics activities at Hattiesburg High School, including Debate, Theatre, Mock Trial and Public Service. Social community event hosted by John Neal's Keg & Barrel. The event will be spent to the public and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Speak Up Hattiesburg. Michael Shemper In the short term, the goal is to generate enough monies to support and complete 2015- 16 second semester activities by the team, including but not limited to regular season competitions and end-of-year national tournaments as well as on-campus theatrical showcases and public service. In the long term, the goal is to endow these activities with a fund that supports the ongoing work of future HHS speech and debate students.

Speak Up, Hattiesburg

This fund will help to ensure the longevity of a myriad of forensics activities at Hattiesburg High School, including but not limited to Debate, Theatre, Mock Trial and Public Service. In the short term, the goal is to generate enough monies to support and complete 2015-16 second semester activities by the team, including but not limited to regular season competitions and end-of-year national tournaments as well as on-campus theatrical showcases and public service. In the long term, the goal is to endow these activities with a fund that supports the ongoing work of future HHS speech and debate students.

From days of old, when eventual Mississippi Lt. Governor Evelyn captained the HHS Debate team to teams fielded by Marilee Dukes and later Keith Cullen, the legend of Tiger speech and theatre activities has grown. The storied Hattiesburg High School Forensics Department was named Best High School Performing Arts Department by Music Theatre International in 1994 and in 1996 the HHS Cast of The Wiz represented The United States at The International Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Five times the school has claimed the state theatre championship and three times has finished first runner-up in the national competition. Eight state mock trial titles have been earned by HHS and countless state debate titles. John Croke, coached by HHS Director of Forensics Donna Matthews, took the National Poetry Interpretation Championship.


The HHS Cast of Guys and Dolls performed live on international television via the Disney Channel and The American Teacher Awards, when HHS Director of Forensics Michael Marks was named America’s Outstanding Performing Arts Teacher of the Year. In 2005, an original HHS docudrama, The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water, enjoyed a command performance before Congress in Washington D.C.’s famed Warner Theatre and raised over $300,000 for disaster victims. In 2015, the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina chronicled the revival of that show and continued those fundraising efforts. The show has been performed around the world, with each company’s royalties being earmarked for disaster victims.


Current Director of HHS Forensics Scott Waldrop has continued the HHS Forensics Legacy with two students, Cory Williams and Jarrius Adams, claiming the prestigious title of National Speech and Debate Student of the Year. In our country’s history, it is the first time that this national honor has been given to the same school twice. Waldrop has also logged two National Individual Events Tournament of Champions national championships: Cory Williams in Dramatic Interpretation and the Duo Interpretation team of Aaron Watson and Jaylen Eashmond.


Performing Arts alumni include Misses Mississippi Wanda Geddie and Carla Haag. America’s Junior Miss Susan Hammett, Actors Rashad Naylor (Original Broadway Cast of Hairspray), Reese Allbritton (Reality Television’s Amish in the City), and Shea Curry (The Princess Diaries Movie), Film Star/Director Miles Doleac (The Historian, The Hollow), Clifton Hyde (Blue Man Group), and the many other alumni who have graced America’s stages, courtrooms and/or who have gone on to successful lives and careers.


Speak Up, Hattiesburg seeks to provide these same opportunities for success for current Hattiesburg High School forensic students and to provide a perpetual support system for Tiger speech and debate students in years to come.


Originating Committee: Stacy Ahua, Miles Doleac, Kathy Emmons, Brandon Hersey, Rebekah Johnson, Donna Matthews, Michael Marks, John Neal, Michael Shemper, and Ivey Swan.


Honorary Capital Campaign Chairs: Dr. Robert Dews, Larry Doleac, Dr. Joe Paul, Abb Payne, Rob Tatum, Vrita Delaine, Carey Varnado, Steve Wills.


 

From days of old, when eventual Mississippi Lt. Governor Evelyn captained the HHS Debate team to teams fielded by Marilee Dukes and later Keith Cullen, the legend of Tiger speech and theatre activities has grown. The storied Hattiesburg High School Forensics Department was named Best High School Performing Arts Department by Music Theatre International in 1994 and in 1996 the HHS Cast of The Wiz represented The United States at The International Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Five times the school has claimed the state theatre championship and three times has finished first runner-up in the national competition. Eight state mock trial titles have been earned by HHS and countless state debate titles. John Croke, coached by HHS Director of Forensics Donna Matthews, took the National Poetry Interpretation Championship.


The HHS Cast of Guys and Dolls performed live on international television via the Disney Channel and The American Teacher Awards, when HHS Director of Forensics Michael Marks was named America’s Outstanding Performing Arts Teacher of the Year. In 2005, an original HHS docudrama, The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water, enjoyed a command performance before Congress in Washington D.C.’s famed Warner Theatre and raised over $300,000 for disaster victims. In 2015, the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina chronicled the revival of that show and continued those fundraising efforts. The show has been performed around the world, with each company’s royalties being earmarked for disaster victims.


Current Director of HHS Forensics Scott Waldrop has continued the HHS Forensics Legacy with two students, Cory Williams and Jarrius Adams, claiming the prestigious title of National Speech and Debate Student of the Year. In our country’s history, it is the first time that this national honor has been given to the same school twice. Waldrop has also logged two National Individual Events Tournament of Champions national championships: Cory Williams in Dramatic Interpretation and the Duo Interpretation team of Aaron Watson and Jaylen Eashmond.


Performing Arts alumni include Misses Mississippi Wanda Geddie and Carla Haag. America’s Junior Miss Susan Hammett, Actors Rashad Naylor (Original Broadway Cast of Hairspray), Reese Allbritton (Reality Television’s Amish in the City), and Shea Curry (The Princess Diaries Movie), Film Star/Director Miles Doleac (The Historian, The Hollow), Clifton Hyde (Blue Man Group), and the many other alumni who have graced America’s stages, courtrooms and/or who have gone on to successful lives and careers.


Speak Up, Hattiesburg seeks to provide these same opportunities for success for current Hattiesburg High School forensic students and to provide a perpetual support system for Tiger speech and debate students in years to come.


Originating Committee: Stacy Ahua, Miles Doleac, Kathy Emmons, Brandon Hersey, Rebekah Johnson, Donna Matthews, Michael Marks, John Neal, Michael Shemper, and Ivey Swan.


Honorary Capital Campaign Chairs: Dr. Robert Dews, Larry Doleac, Dr. Joe Paul, Abb Payne, Rob Tatum, Vrita Delaine, Carey Varnado, Steve Wills.

This fund will help to ensure the longevity of a myriad of forensics activities at Hattiesburg High School, including but not limited to Debate, Theatre, Mock Trial and Public Service. In the short term, the goal is to generate enough monies to support and complete 2015-16 second semester activities by the team, including but not limited to regular season competitions and end-of-year national tournaments as well as on-campus theatrical showcases and public service. In the long term, the goal is to endow these activities with a fund that supports the ongoing work of future HHS speech and debate students.


 


From days of old, when eventual Mississippi Lt. Governor Evelyn captained the HHS Debate team to teams fielded by Marilee Dukes and later Keith Cullen, the legend of Tiger speech and theatre activities has grown. The storied Hattiesburg High School Forensics Department was named Best High School Performing Arts Department by Music Theatre International in 1994 and in 1996 the HHS Cast of The Wiz represented The United States at The International Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Five times the school has claimed the state theatre championship and three times has finished first runner-up in the national competition. Eight state mock trial titles have been earned by HHS and countless state debate titles. John Croke, coached by HHS Director of Forensics Donna Matthews, took the National Poetry Interpretation Championship.


The HHS Cast of Guys and Dolls performed live on international television via the Disney Channel and The American Teacher Awards, when HHS Director of Forensics Michael Marks was named America’s Outstanding Performing Arts Teacher of the Year. In 2005, an original HHS docudrama, The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water, enjoyed a command performance before Congress in Washington D.C.’s famed Warner Theatre and raised over $300,000 for disaster victims. In 2015, the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina chronicled the revival of that show and continued those fundraising efforts. The show has been performed around the world, with each company’s royalties being earmarked for disaster victims.


Current Director of HHS Forensics Scott Waldrop has continued the HHS Forensics Legacy with two students, Cory Williams and Jarrius Adams, claiming the prestigious title of National Speech and Debate Student of the Year. In our country’s history, it is the first time that this national honor has been given to the same school twice. Waldrop has also logged two National Individual Events Tournament of Champions national championships: Cory Williams in Dramatic Interpretation and the Duo Interpretation team of Aaron Watson and Jaylen Eashmond.


Performing Arts alumni include Misses Mississippi Wanda Geddie and Carla Haag. America’s Junior Miss Susan Hammett, Actors Rashad Naylor (Original Broadway Cast of Hairspray), Reese Allbritton (Reality Television’s Amish in the City), and Shea Curry (The Princess Diaries Movie), Film Star/Director Miles Doleac (The Historian, The Hollow), Clifton Hyde (Blue Man Group), and the many other alumni who have graced America’s stages, courtrooms and/or who have gone on to successful lives and careers.


Speak Up, Hattiesburg seeks to provide these same opportunities for success for current Hattiesburg High School forensic students and to provide a perpetual support system for Tiger speech and debate students in years to come.


Originating Committee: Stacy Ahua, Miles Doleac, Kathy Emmons, Brandon Hersey, Rebekah Johnson, Donna Matthews, Michael Marks, John Neal, Michael Shemper, and Ivey Swan.


Honorary Capital Campaign Chairs: Dr. Robert Dews, Larry Doleac, Dr. Joe Paul, Abb Payne, Rob Tatum, Vrita Delaine, Carey Varnado, Steve Wills.e is one of the easiest website development tools available today. It also gives you the freedom to develop as many websites as you like given the fact that it is a desktop app.

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Please make all checks payable BY APRIL 1 to:

 Greater PineBelt Community Foundation, 

MEMO: Speak Up Hattiesburg

1507 Hardy Street, Suite 208, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.

GPCF is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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THREE MAJOR EVENTS

MARCH


Social community event hosted by John Neal's Keg & Barrel. The

event will be spent to the public and a portion of proceeds will be

donated to Speak Up Hattiesburg.

Michael Shemper


APRIL


A red carpet event that features alumni-lead showcase

performances. The event will take place at the Hattiesburg

Cultural Center and will include cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres.

Miles Doleac


MAY


A 'Spring Clean for Forensics' garage sale, organized by past HHS

Booster Club presidents and members. Friday night priority

preview with admission cost. Saturday with food and activities.

Charlotte Krag

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