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Let's Send Tyra to Nationals!

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Hello! We are raising money to afford to send Tyra Johnson, our Nationals qualifier to the National Speech and Debate Tournament, in Dallas, TX this June. We need money for hotel expenses, travel fare, and tournament entry fees.
Tyra is a dedicated, talented, and hard-working young woman. So, we, her coaches, want to make sure that she can go to Nationals to compete.

Any donation that you give will do directly to getting her to Nationals!

Help us send Tyra to Nationals!


Of our $4500 goal funded





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Contributes to entry fees needed to register for the Nationals.


Contributes to housing and food while in Dallas!


Purchases one plane ticket for each of us attending.

What we're up to

  • Many Thanks!

    We are extremely grateful to all of the supporters of Tyra's trip! Every donation counts. Speech and debate is a marvelous activity to be involved in and your donation wil go toward the improvement of public speaking skills for Tyra. Wish us luck in June! Manual Speech Team

  • Augustus Gates donated
  • Tiffany Olson donated
  • Gwen Westendorf donated "Congratulations Tyra! We are cheering for you! What an awesome accomplishment!"
  • Julie Nelson donated "Congrats!!!! Good Luck!!"
  • Sue McDaniel donated "Congratulations, Tyra! I was a speech team member at Manual in the late 80s, and it is a wonderful activity!"
  • Kiwanis Club of Pekin donated "Best of luck!"
  • Scott Pyle donated "See you in Dallas!"
  • Tara Boehl donated "Go get your dreams!"
  • James Conley donated "Represent Central Illinois well, make the people who care about you proud, and enjoy Dallas!"
  • Terry Bonnette donated
  • Jerry Sheehan donated "Congratulations on your success and wish you great success from a double ruby pchs alumni" - via Kaylynn Sims
  • Laura Kowalske donated "Wishing you the very best! Enjoy!"
  • Stephanie Hollins donated "I do t know you personally, I’m donating on behalf of Jamani “Jay” Gibson my cousin. #Luvwholuvus c/o ‘93. Congrats! "
  • Mary Dixson donated "I don't know you but I'm a central Illinois debate alum from Pekin. Debate changes lives! Go make your school proud!"
  • Jacey Bullard donated "I was on my speech and debate team in high school and I love that you worked so hard and you deserve to go and win!!"
  • MELANIE MCNEIL donated
  • An avid speech and debate team advocate donated "So proud of you, Kaylynn" - via Kaylynn Sims
  • Judy Dawson donated "Congratulations Tyra! "
  • Elizabeth Tracy donated "Congratulations, Kaylynn!! Best of luck at Nationals!" - via Kaylynn Sims
  • Patsy Greuter donated "More than happy to help! You go girl!"
  • Sheila QuirkBailey donated "We are all proud of you. Best of luck and enjoy! "
  • Carole Wright donated "Good luck and have fun!"
  • Wendy Davis donated "Got get it, Tyra! From a former Pekin and Bradley U speechie. May you have a fantastic nationals! All the best! "
  • Samuel Marcosson donated "As a former speech competitor whose best memories are from my days at Bradley, I wish you all the success at NSDA!"
  • Ryan Cannon donated "Go get em! "
  • andrew Rainey donated "wishing you all the best. "
  • Kimberly Armstrong donated "Proud MS-9 Manual Debate champion from years ago. Few things I’m more passionate about than speech and MHS. Good luck!" - via Kaylynn Sims
  • Mary Lynn Doglio donated
  • Annmarie Simonson donated "Congrats on making it to Nationals! Good luck! Do us proud!"

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