Speech and debate team takes first at Laurel tourney
The Columbia Falls Speech and Debate team topped 19 other schools to take first at the Laurel Invitational tournament over the weekend.
Whitefish took third.
Columbia Falls was able to close the gap in debate and win the tournament by 37 points over Frenchtown 146 to 109, a 55 point reversal from last week, where they took a rare second place in a virtual meet hosted by Whitefish.
Coach Blake Ladenburg was pleased with the performance.
“I told the students that this year was going to be a challenge and they would have to work hard to hold off the competition, and they responded this week. We have to keep up the effort to keep this trajectory going,” Ladenburg said.
The rebound is promising for the team, Ladenburg said, but as assistant coach Mikel Knutson notes, “we are still at the beginning of the season, and we have yet to see everyone’s full team.”
The Wildcats were led by strong performances in debate taking the top two spots in policy debate and the top spot in Lincoln Douglas.
Emma Stephens and Tre Finley won in policy debate and Eddie Mae Chisholm won in Lincoln-Douglas.
Speech was led by second place finishes in dramatic interpretation by Griffin Conger and informative speaking by Aiden Judge. Overall, 13 students placed in the top eight. The team now turns their attention to the virtual tournament this upcoming week being hosted by Havre High School. This will be the last tournament before the holiday break.
Each team needs to provide virtual judges for each tournament if you are interested in judging at any tournament please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Individual Results:
Memorized Public Address
2nd Lillian McDonald
2nd Aiden Judge
3rd Taylor Stephens
3rd Chloe Coberley
4th Aiden Judge
2nd Griffin Conger
5th Zack Tillman
6th Chloe Coberley
2nd Eleanor Hollingsworth and Finley Sundberg