NORFOLK, Neb. -- Norfolk Public Schools have announced their selection of instructors and coaches for their theatre and speech programs.

Austin Casselberry and Nina Buck will be taking up the reigns of the programs pending board approval for the 2023-24 school year. Casselberry who is already staffed at NPS as the Aftershock program director will be the head speech coach. Buck on the other hand will be taking charge of the theatre department.

Casselberry expressed his love of speech dating back to his days as a student, and his enthusiasm to coach at NPS.

“It is an honor to serve as Norfolk Public School's head speech coach. I am inheriting a well-developed program from the previous coaches, and I look forward to stepping into this role and contributing to Norfolk's consistent production of top-performing speech competitors. Speech was transformative for me during my time in High School, and I am confident it will be for all the courageous Panthers who join our team. Public speaking is a rewarding skill, but when it is mastered it can really be a superpower. ”

Buck has been teaching theater at Wayne State College for the last five years and more recently devised her own play for children's theater.

"Norfolk High School has an amazing theatre program with a really dedicated team of students, families, teachers and coaches," Buck said. "I am so excited to be joining the team as Theatre Director. I've been teaching theater at Wayne State College for the past five years and recently devised a wacky show called "Benny Builds A Contraption" with my Children's Theatre Class. I am absolutely thrilled to see what we can cook up at Norfolk High School.”