TAPT State Qualifiers

For the second consecutive year CHS has two students qualify for the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT) State Speech Contest! Senior, Riley Ball, and Freshman, Pepper Mayfield, are both advancing to State after they placed first for their grade level at the Region 12 contest. The competition encourages students to develop their public speaking skills while educating them about the rules and guidelines that ensure their safety on school buses. The speeches must be 4-6 minutes long and must be memorized.

The 2023-2024 Theme is "Driving Safely Into the Future!" Both Riley and Pepper have speeches with futuristic ideas such as how to improve bus technology to help drivers with blind spots and surrounding traffic, and adding Wi-Fi to buses so students can do online assignments while riding the bus on their route or when they miss classes for extra-curricular activities.

This is Riley's third year to compete at the State level, and the 2023 TAPT State Speech winner was Clifton High School's very own Sophia Ritzmann! Her speech can be viewed at https://tapt.com/safety-speech-contest.html .

Once again CHS would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Seawright for providing this opportunity to all of her students. We are proud of everyone who competed in this year’s competition. Thanks to Mrs. Seawright, students are learning to have a passion for promoting school bus safety and public speaking skills that can be used in all walks of life. All of these students have set an excellent example for their peers.

CHS wishes the best of luck to Riley and Pepper as they prepare for the TAPT State Speech Competition on April 22!