Camdenton junior qualifies for national competition

Camdenton High School junior Alexis Lumley earned a spot in national competition at the Ozark National Forensics League District Speech and Debate tournament held March 7-9 in Springfield. 

Lumley was required to keep earning top scores throughout the grueling three-day tournament in order to clinch a berth to the prestigious national tournament that will be held in Birmingham, Alabama this June. 

She will represent Camdenton High School and the Ozark District by competing in Humorous Interpretation.  She also advanced to the final round of Dramatic Interpretation, narrowly missing qualification in that event as well.

Lumley will be feeling some pressure as last year at the National Tournament the Ozark District had three representatives place in the top 12 in the nation in Humorous Interpretation, including National Champion Bailey Norton of Marshfield. 

The National Forensics League has 104 districts, each qualifying one to four contestants for every main event.

The national tournament will extend the Camdenton Speech and Debate team’s competitive season as they will compete in District Student Congress on April 11, then Alexis will join Logan Gilbert, Laura Weiss, Alaina Sonksen, Derrick Ritchie, and Alex McNabb in representing Camdenton at the MSHSAA State tournament April 19-20.