Petal Speech, Debate, Theater
Petal High Speech and Debate Team
Petal High School Theater Department
Welcome back students to the 2018--2019 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. I will start my 22nd year of teaching in the Petal School District this year. While here at Petal High, I have directed over 45 drama performances and coached over 315 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 Washington. D.C. These students brought home three trophies and advanced to octofinal rounds of competition.
Also, our team qualified six students to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament which was held in Fort Lauderdale, Fl 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 Chair of the Mississippi Forensics League, as a member 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.