Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School

Allen named Pius X speech coach

Pius X will have a new speech coach for its 2021-22 season.

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Abbie Allen, an English teacher at Pius X and current assistant speech coach, will be the new head coach, taking over for Nolan DeWispelare.

“One of my favorite things about speech is the skills it allows students to build simply by participating,” Allen said. “It helps grow their confidence, self-assuredness, collaboration and adaptability while also allowing them to become comfortable with vulnerability and feedback—positive and negative—around something that they care about very personally.”

Allen said she personally has seen students grow as individuals with the skills they’ve learned through speech, and has benefited from it herself.

“The things competitive speech has taught me personally continue to help me be a successful adult, and I truly believe this is something that this is a universal experience in one way or another,” Allen said.

Allen competed in high school and college, both at the state and national level, mostly in Serious Prose, Humorous Prose and Extemporaneous speaking. She has also judged at competitions to learn more about other events.

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