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Mrs. Ruff

   I am a graduate of Southern Nazarene University AND Holland High School (shout out, Class of '98!).  My supportive, tech-y husband, Chad, rescues me when I've been baffled by a piece of technology and helps me wrangle our two minions, Allie and CJ. Holland High has always been home and I returned to teach English, Theatre, Speech, Junior sponsor, cake-bake, American Legion Meal feed, concession stand work, U.I.L. coach, and support any and every Hornet team!  

Accounting  Ms. Dague
 Calculator Applications  Ms. Dague
 Computer Applications  Ms. Ruff
 Computer Science  Ms. Ruff
 Copy Editing  Ms. Potts
 Current Issues & Events  Ms. Cearley
 Editorial Writing  Ms. Potts
 Feature Writing  Ms. Potts
 Film & Animation  Dr. Woodall
 Headline Writing  Ms. Potts
 Literary Criticism  Ms. Potts
 Mathematics  Mr. Samford
 News Writing  Ms. Potts
 Number Sense  Ms. Decker
 Ready Writing  Ms. Potts
 Science  Ms. Cortez
 Social Studies  Ms. Cearley
 Spelling & Vocabulary  Ms. Ruff
 Lincoln-Douglas Debate  Mr. Gordon
 Informative Speaking  Ms. Ruff
 Persuasive Speaking  Ms. Ruff
 Poetry Interpretation  Ms. Ruff
 Prose Interpretation  Ms. Ruff




Classroom Page

U.I.L. Website

Poetry Interpretation

In poetry interpretation, you’ll choose a selection that fits in the given category to present to an audience.

 

This contest emphasizes literary analysis through expressive oral reading. The purpose of this contest is to encourage the student to understand, experience and share poetry through the art of oral interpretation. The goals of this contest are to encourage the contestant’s exploration of a variety of literary selections, and to enhance the performer’s and audience’s appreciation of literature through the performer’s interpretation of the work.

 

Prose Interpretation

Those with a flare for expressive oral reading have a chance to combine their passions in this event. You’ll select a piece of prose in a given category, then carefully explore the art of expressing it orally before an audience.

This contest encourages the student to understand, experience and share prose works through the art of oral interpretation. It encourages the contestant’s exploration of a variety of literary selections and enhances the performer’s and audience’s appreciation of literature through the performer’s interpretation of the work. 

Poetry Categories

Prose Categories

Prose & Poetry Classroom Page

Informative Speaking

This contest is all about watching the clock and knowing your material. You’ll draw a current event and have 30 minutes to comb through files you’ve collected throughout the year. Then you’ll present a speech that informs your audience on all aspects of the current event you’ve researched.

 

The purpose of informative speaking is to stimulate an active interest in current affairs at the state, national and international levels, and to teach the student to present extemporaneously in a clear and impartial manner the facts about a subject as they appear in the best available sources of information. This contest is an exercise in clear thinking and informing the public on the issues and concerns of the American people. The objective is to present information in an interesting way, and an attempt should not be made to change the listener’s mind beyond presenting the information.

 

Persuasive Speaking

Similar to informative speaking, in this contest you have 30 minutes to review your research files on a particular current event and come to a conclusion to argue about that topic. The goal of your speech is not just to present relevant information, but to convince your audience that your position is solid.

This contest trains students to analyze a current issue, determine a point of view, and organize and deliver a speech that seeks to persuade listeners. The objective is to reinforce the views of listeners who already believe as the speaker does, but even more so, to bring those of neutral or opposing views around to the speaker’s beliefs or proposed course of action. This contest should especially appeal to those who have a strong argumentative urge and who wish to advocate reforms or outline solutions to current problems.

Fall 2017 Practice Extemp. Topics

Extemp Classroom Page

Spelling & Vocabulary

Whether you’ve already aced the SAT verbal section or you could use some extra practice, this contest keeps you focused on the details. By the end, you may be correcting your teachers’ spelling and using words your coach has never heard.

 

The Spelling & Vocabulary Contest promotes precise and effective use of words. The three-part contest consists of multiple-choice questions covering proofreading and vocabulary, and words that are written from dictation. The vocabulary-building and spelling components of the contest are important complements to the high school academic curriculum and are indicative of vocabulary words contained on standardized tests such as SAT, PSAT and ACT.

Director - Ms. Gilley

Assistant Director - Ms. Karl

OAP Classroom Page

Calendar

UIL OAP Webpage

2018 Show

COMING SOON!!!!

Welcome

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