Mo. district denies high school drama team travel funds

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Members of a high school drama team in Springfield are trying to raise $4,000 for the cost of going to a statewide competition.

The students at Kickapoo High School won a district tournament last month for their performance of the one-act play "Antigone." That qualifies the young thespians for next month's statewide speech and debate tournament in Columbia.

But the district doesn't pay for most non-athletic teams to go to state competitions.

One student said the district had money available to send the basketball team to the state tournament -- but the team didn't qualify.

The district said it pays for non-athletic groups that earn a spot in national competitions, noting that the speech and debate competition does not lead to a national contest.

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