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Talkers take third

Despite stuttering start, CCSD2 Speech and Debate team talks way to awards


April 11, 2018

Deep breathing exercises, modified yoga poses, kids “talking” to walls, a few running down hallways and coaches and students wishing everyone good luck. No, this isn’t basketball or wrestling warm ups. This is the scene before every round at a speech and debate tournament.

Speech and Debate offers students the opportunity to learn and become comfortable with public speaking and performing. The audience typically includes fellow competitors, other students, family members, friends, coaches and judges. Most presentations are memorized and five to 10 minutes in length with debate following specific times and flows for each style. Students can perform in Poetry, Program Oral Interpretation (POI), Humor, Oratory, Drama and Duet. They can also compete in Congressional, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum and/or Policy debate as well as extemporaneous, impromptu and/or informative presentation.

This year the Carbon County School District No. 2 Speech and Debate team got off to a slow start. The late resignations of the previous coaches and failure to get experienced coaches to come back lead to a creative compromise to keep the team going. By November, the team was lead by head coach Tim Young.

Young is the High School English teacher and has had previous experience with Speech and Debate as well as Drama. Assisting Mr. Young were Kim Neville and Sheryl Hunter. These two moms had previous parental experience with Speech and Debate, but neither had coached. Their mission was to do everything possible to provide this opportunity to all students and make the year as successful as possible. They learned what was needed to help with coaching and judging the different events. They also were the traveling coaches with the students.

The Carbon County School District No. 2 Speech and Debate team consisted of ten students from Saratoga and Hanna High Schools. Beginning in December and leading through March, the team traveled to seven tournaments plus State and District National Qualifiers. The team had several team placing awards and multiple individual placing awards at the various tournaments. The successful season wrapped up with the 3rd place 1A/2A team award and three 1st place 1A/2A individual All State awards at the State Tournament.

The individual award winners are David Freeman for Congressional Debate, Kieran Neville for Drama and Kaylyn Hunter for Program Oral Interpretation.

Speech and Debate presentations and awards will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Platte Valley Community Center. Anyone interested in supporting the team is encouraged to attend.


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