Dear Staff,

Over the weekend EHS competed at MSU in Springfield for the annual MSHSAA state speech competition.  Gavin Mcneely represented EHS with two events, storytelling and humorous interpretation.  It was a fierce competition but Gavin amazingly pulled off a double break to finals with both events.  In the end, Gavin took 4th in Storytelling and 6th in HI. 

Words cannot express how proud I am of him and all my speech kids.

This year has been an amazing year for our kids. They have done an amazing job with all their hard work and dedication, mainly getting up at 5 a.m. to leave by 6 a.m. for a competition. As a coach it brings me so much joy to see them grow and learn.  To see them develop great work ethics is something I have enjoyed seeing in them as I get them prepared for the real world. 

I am deeply going to miss these kids next year, but I can take comfort in knowing that I touched their lives in so many ways. 

In the words of John Whitmore, “Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their growth.”

Thank you,

Joel Ybarra

Speech and Theatre Instructor

El Dorado Springs High School

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