Petal Speech, Debate, Theater
Petal High Speech and Debate Team
Petal High School Theater Department
Welcome back students to the 2020-2021 school year!!
Hello, my name is Kelly Clark Garner, and I am the coach of the Petal Speech and Debate Team (competitive public speaking, debate, and theater), and the director of the Petal Drama Department. This year, I will start my 24th year of teaching in the Petal School District. While here at Petal High, I have directed over 50 drama performances and coached over 350 speech and debate tournaments.
Over the summer, I am proud to announce that the Petal Speech and Debate Team qualified 13 students to the NCFL Grand National Tournament in Chicago, Illinois as well as competed in our first online national tournament in June.
Furthermore, I am so looking forward to working with this multi-talented group of students again this year!
Besides, coaching speech and debate, directing plays/musicals and teaching at PHS, I currently serve as the a committee member of the Mississippi Forensics League, as the moderator of Biloxi Diocesan Committee for the CFL National Forensics Tournament, and I am on the rules committee for the MHSAA Activities Association for Speech and Debate.
This year I will be teaching Theater I, and Oral Communcations I, and coaching the Speech and Debate Team.